Sean Penn's 'green card' Oscars joke causes Twitter to bring up his dark past

Feb 23, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. ET
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Sean Penn's "green card" joke at the 2015 Oscar's may have won him some cheap laughs, but it has certainly not won him any fans on Twitter.

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Penn announced the Best Picture award at Sunday night's ceremony, and just before he announced that Mexican-born director Alejandro González Iñárritu was going to win film of the year for Birdman, he made an insensitive comment.

"Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?" Penn said.

And although Penn and Iñárritu are good friends, with Penn even starring in the director's film 21 Grams, Twitter has been whipped into a frenzy by this comment. Many people have been calling Penn "racist" and "tacky" and there have even been some who have brought up the accusations that he is a woman-beater — Penn was reportedly very violent toward his ex-wife Madonna, and in one incident, he allegedly hit her across the head with a baseball bat.

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However, there are some people who think that the Gangster Squad actor's terrible joke was just that: a joke, albeit a bad one.

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So, what does Iñárritu think of Penn's remarks? According to The Guardian, Iñárritu revealed his thoughts on the joke while backstage, saying, "I found it hilarious."

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There are no hard feelings between these pals, but tell us what you think of Penn's joke.

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