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Sean Penn's Green Card Joke May Have Offended Many — But Birdman Director Alejandro González Iñárritu Thought It Was HIGHlarious!

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This is a lesson to us all — inside jokes should never ever be shared with the world!

Chances are, not everyone is going to find the comment you made hilarious and Sean Penn certainly found that out the hard way.

The actor's green card joke when Alejandro González Iñárritu won for Best Director at the Oscars did not sit well everyone. Some even called the jab racist or insensitive!

[ Watch: Alejandro González Iñárritu Wins Best Director ]

However, the Birdman director didn't take it too seriously. In fact, Alejandro revealed he's used to it because he does the same to Sean!

Alejandro spoke out about that incident and said he "found it hilarious":

"Sean and I had that kind of brutal relationship where only true friendship can survive. When I was directing him in 21 Grams, he was always making jokes…I made a lot of very tough jokes (to him) that I will not tell you."

The director went on to clarify his thoughts on the joke:

"I didn't find it offensive. I thought it was very funny."

It's great that these two have a funny sense of humor, but it was certainly taken out of context because everyone didn't really understand the relationship Alejandro and Sean had!

Near the end of his speech, the 51-year-old director was able to turn that comment around to shed light on immigrants in the country.

Way to flip a statement viewers thought was super inappropriate into something meaningful!

[Image via FayesVision/WENN.]

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