Why Sean Penn’s Lame ‘Green Card’ Joke Struck A Nerve With Immigrants

Oscar viewers weren’t overreacting. Sean Penn’s distasteful joke was called out for a reason. Read more to find out why.


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So that ‘green card’ joke from last nights Oscars…nope. Not at all. I wasn’t feeling it.

I instantly knew that Sean Penn was delivering an inside joke to (now) fellow 2-time Academy Award winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, but right after he announced Best Picture with “Who gave this son of a bitch a green card? Birdman!” someone might as well have passed me plate of throw-up, in which I would’ve promptly gazed upon with a grimace.

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My mood shifted to the antagonistic. After watching CommonandJohn Legend soar with “Glory” and Lady Gaga‘s beautiful tribute to The Sound of Music , I found the “joke” insensitive and uncalled for, but as I navigated through the hills of fire burning up in my mind about, I paused. Was I overreacting just a little bit?…

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