on 02/24/2015 | 10:35
At the Oscars, renowned stars praise the winners and try to find a joke at the expense of the nominees. While most of the accolades adhere to the prescribed texts in his speeches, Sean Penn congratulated his friend Alejandro González Iñárritu with words that caused a real shit storm in the actor.
Filmmakers and actors learned first-hand at last Sunday’s gala that a lot of jokes are made at the expense of the stars at the award ceremony – not just presenter Neil Patrick Harris, who surprised with a racist joke in his opening speech and greeted the audience with the words “Today we celebrate the best and whitest of Hollywood” before briefly apologizing and saying that he meant “the smartest” [„whitest“ und „brightest“ reimt sich im Englischen]. But it’s not just presenter Neil Patrick Harris offending with a racist comment. Sean Penn also faces allegations of an inappropriate joke after the Academy Awards.In the age of Twitter, Facebook and co, stars sometimes have to be very careful what they say. Any inappropriate comment or controversial action can quickly set off a shit storm. “Milk” actor Sean Penn has to deal with one of these after he made a joke at the Academy Awards about Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who won four of the top awards for his film “Birdman.” . After Sean Penn read the nominees in the king’s “Best Picture” category and opened the envelope with the winner, the actor paused and asked everyone, “Who gave this ‘son of a bitch’ a card? green? ? Birdman! ”
Sean Penn: Alejandro González Iñárritu thought his joke was “hilarious”
With the spontaneous comment that Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu managed to take home four of the most important awards, Sean Penn is exposed to public criticism. There are complaints on Twitter about this political inaccuracy. “Joke or not, the comment on Sean Penn’s green card was totally wrong”, writes a user of the social platform. “Why is this guy allowed to present the best movie?” Asks another. But not everyone found the surprising blow inappropriate. Alejandro González Iñárritu, who has been good friends with lead actor Sean Penn since filming the movie “21 Gramm,” found the joke “hilarious.” He revealed this in an interview with “USA Today” after the awards ceremony. The two, according to the director, have this kind of “brutal” friendship and he has already pulled similar rough jokes at the expense of Sean Penn. In his subsequent acceptance speech, Alejandro González Iñárritu once again unburdened his friend’s candles, joking: “Next year there will be some new immigration rules at the Academy Awards. Two Mexicans in a row, I think that’s suspicious. “ Iñárritu alludes to the victory of his compatriot Alfonso Cuarón last year for directing the film “Gravity.”
It is not surprising that things get more difficult with the comments and jokes of good friends like Alejandro González Iñárritu and Sean Penn. However, making a joke with a racist undertone at a global awards ceremony like the Oscars is perhaps a bit daring. But if even the “victim” of the green card prank can laugh at it, no one can be seriously mad at Sean Penn.
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