You guys better chill out! Sean Penn was not being racist against Alejandro G. Iñárritu when he presented the Mexican director with the award for Best Picture at the Oscars 2015. Iñárritu’s film, “Birdman,” who took home several awards including Best Director and Best Picture, had a great night at the 87th Academy Awards and it all came to a great end when Sean Penn went onstage to present the Oscar to the best movie of the season. Just before he announced the winner, he said, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?” And the Internet went crazy.

People started calling Sean Penn all sorts of things in a fake politically correctness that is driving humanity to its end, since no one cares to research a little bit about the backstory between the two prominent Hollywood figures. Both Penn and Iñárritu have known each other for a long time, with Penn starting in Iñárritu’s film “21 Grams” in 2003. According to the Daily News, as of 2011, Penn was rumored to be starting in an unmade Iñárritu film called “Red Flag.”

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Sean Penn See? Alejandro and Sean go a long way. Here they are in 2003 promoting their movie "21 Grams." Getty

Even backstage at the Oscars, Alejandro gave a bit more context to the whole situation, confirming that in fact, he and Sean are friends. “I found it hilarious," said Iñárritu. “Sean and I have that kind of brutal relationship.” See guys? No need to start a World War III over this. Maybe Sean should’ve just kept the comment to himself and say it privately to Iñárritu backstage, but stop calling it racist because it clearly wasn’t. Stop giving light to a joke between friends and focus on the fact that Iñárritu’s film just won Best Picture at the Oscars.  

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Sean Penn All remained in good fun between two friends. Alejandro and Sean hug it out backstage at the Oscars 2015. Getty