Evidently the 2015 Oscars were last night and Sean Penn made a remark about Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and his immigration status. Iñárritu is from Mexico. Before announcing that Birdman won for Best Picture, Penn remarked, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?”
I’m guessing it was meant to be a joke. I guess this is what happens when Sean Penn makes a joke that wasn’t written for him.
A green card is something some people who come here from another country get that allows them to get a job in the United States. At least legally that is. Essentially, if you are a non-citizen in the United States and you want to legally work here, you need to obtain a green card. Millions of non-citizens get jobs here without a green card. It means, among other things, they are then working here illegally.
People almost immediately went to Twitter to register their outrage. It’s 2015 and that’s what people do now when someone says something that offends them, they go to Twitter. Here are some of the angry tweets:
— Andrea Garcia-Vargas (@AGVwrites) February 23, 2015
*no one acknowledges Sean Penn being straight up racist*
— carly aquilino (@carlyaquilino) February 23, 2015
Absolutely horrible green card comment from Sean Penn. The struggles people endure for immigration justice are not punchlines.
— Rosianna Halse Rojas (@papertimelady) February 23, 2015
For what it’s worth, Penn and Iñárritu are friends. The two worked together on the 2003 film, 21 Grams. I don’t know if it makes a difference with the angry Twitter users. It probably doesn’t. Why let facts get in the way of being able to call someone you don’t know a racist?