Sean Penn made an immigration comment that many people found offensive; but not Iñárritu, he found it funny! Getty

Mexicans won big in last night’s Oscars, but like every award show there are controversial moments, which can come off as hilarious, or in some cases super offensive. Before Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu stepped up to receive his third (and biggest) honor of the night: Best Picture for “Birdman”, his longtime friend Sean Penn made a joke asking who’d given “this son of a bitch his Green Card.” For many, this was beyond insulting, but for others it was the perfect introduction for what Iñárritu was about to say. The director himself made a joke about immigration rules being a little lose in the Academy because “two Mexicans in a row is suspicious,” he joked.

González Iñárritu was not only not offended by Penn’s joke, but he laughed and later told the press he thought it was very funny. The two have worked together before in Iñárritu’s “21 Grams” and have great respect for each other. Unfortunately, most people focused on the offense of the joke instead of the Mexican's great triumph (for the second year in a row!), and Iñárritu’s powerful speech. The comment sparked absolute media frenzy with mixed feelings; what did you think of Sean Penn’s comment?

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