admittedly, i was surprised to hear sean penn drop the green card joke in reference to alejandro gonzalez iñarritu during the presentation of the academy award for best picture. penn’s presentation speech ended like this
who gave this son of a bitch his green card?
green card is a permanent work permit for non-citizens in the united states.
the cries of racism around the internet are misguided.
the u.s. and mexico are nations. neighboring nations with a serious political imbalance that the u.s. has been able to exploit dating back to when the northern part of mexico became the southwest corner of the united states. but they are not races.
american exceptionalism, the belief that the u.s. is superior to other nations, is kind of like racism’s dumbass little brother and americans who hold the belief certainly apply it to mexico and the rest of latin america.
that doesn’t have anything to do with what sean penn said, though. he wasn’t arrogantly promoting american exceptionalism. he was making a sarcastic joke. and his sarcasm was directed at u.s. immigration policy, not mexico or iñárritu
penn & iñárritu at the 2015 oscars (getty)
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