Announcing that 'Birdman' by González Iñárritu, won best film, he asked: "Who gave this mother f ... his green card?"
The Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, big winner of the Oscar with his comedy Birdman said last night that the migratory comment made by actor Sean Penn during the gala is "very funny" joke between friends.
When he announced that the Academy Award for Best Picture was for Birdman, Penn said: "Who gave this motherfucker his residence permit?"
Actor and director locked a strong friendship during the shooting of 21 grams (2003), the first tape Iñárritu made in the United States after the success of his first feature, Amores perros (2000).
But far from take it the wrong way, Iñárritu applauded the "hilarious" comment. "Sean and I have this kind of brutal friendship" he said in the press room of the Oscars. "When he walked in 21 grams, always making jokes, and he to me, too," he said. "To me it has not seemed nothing offensive, it was very funny from my point of view," he said about the controversial comment.
In the same ironic vein, the Iñárritu himself suggested that "maybe next government year would have to impose some immigration laws to the Academy. Two Mexican row, is suspect, I think," I dijjo referring to the distinction last year Alfonso Cuarón with Gravity (Gravity).
But Penn's comment revolutionized social networks in which hundreds of users rejected the offensive or derogatory tone of the joke.
Actor Mario Lopez thanked his "great work" to "ruin a great time with a" joke "on the residence permit". Lopez also noted that the Dolby theater where the Oscars are held, was "full of British and Australians," he wrote in Twitter.
In the same social network, activist Jose Antonio Vargas, which has been recognized many times their immigration status in the US irregularly said the "illegal" and "Mexican" words are used interchangeably. "Therefore, a joke about the residence permit is inconsiderate" he said.
But Iñárritu also dedicated his award to his "fellow Mexicans." "I pray that we will find and build a government that serves" he said of his native country. "And for those who live in this country (US) and are part of the latest generation of immigrants, only pray that they be treated with the same dignity and respect they were the ones who came before and built this great nation of immigrants "he said.
traslation: Belén Zapata