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