Sean Penn offends with green card joke at 2015 Oscars

February 23, 2015 7:21 PM

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Sean Penn offends with green card joke at 2015 Oscars

The 54-year-old actor was on hand to present an award for Best Picture, and quipped "Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?" before announcing Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu as the winner for Birdman.

The gibe immediately caused an angry stir on social media, with celebrities such as Mario Lopez calling the comment "tacky" and inappropriate on Twitter. Inarritu dedicated the win to his fellow Mexicans, and said he didn't find Penn's joke offensive when he spoke to Variety backstage.

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