I’m going to be real honest: I can’t stand James Franco.
On Sunday night while watching the 39-year-old be a tool at the 75th annual Golden Globes, I was reminded of how much I dislike the actor/”academic“/chronic masturbator and wondered why the hell he is still relevant in Hollywood today. Apart from being a beyond mediocre performer, Franco’s bizarre, rude and general inappropriate behaviour (like pissing in front of a journalist) should have taken him from A-lister to washed-up TV star years ago. But alas, here we are.
Despite his mediocrity, Franco has so much white guy confidence I’m surprised his head hasn’t exploded. In Franco’s own eyes, he can do no wrong, and pointing out his shortcomings can reportedly result in job loss. Luckily, I don’t work with Franco so I have no qualms calling out what a problematic knob he is. Here, five reasons why Franco is the absolute worst.
I am extremely uncomfortable with James Franco cutting off Tommy Wiseau. You owe him everything, dude.
— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) January 8, 2018
He invited The Room’s Tommy Wiseau onstage at the Golden Globes then pushed him away
While women were taking a stand against sexism and sexual harassment with the Time’s Up initiative at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Franco was plopped at a prime table wearing a goofy grin and winning an award for a film based on someone he frequently makes fun of. When Franco took the stage to accept his award for best actor for his role as Tommy Wiseau in his film The Disaster Artist, not only did he fail to mention Time’s Up, he brought the real Wiseau with him—and then embarrassed him. (The Disaster Artist is based on the story of Wiseau who created the cult classic, The Room.) When Wiseau moved towards the mic to speak, Franco physically blocked him and started his own speech. If that wasn’t rude enough, Franco then started impersonating Wiseau in his accent and said, “Golden Globes, so what, I’m not invited. I know they don’t want me, guy with accent, long hair, so I show them. I don’t wait for Hollywood, I make my own movie.’” It was a classless act like resembled high school bullying and I was not there for any of it.
He tried to get a teenage girl to come to his hotel room…
Remember the time Franco got caught luring a teenager to his hotel? I sure do. In 2014, a 35-year-old Franco messaged a 17-year-old fan on Instagram and tried to convince her to come to his pad. The teenager, a Scottish girl named Lucy, met Franco at his Broadway show Of Mice and Men during a trip to New York City and took an Instagram video with him. Franco apparently told Lucy to tag him in the vid. She did, and Franco began messaging her on the app asking her age, where she was staying, if she had a boyfriend and if she wanted to meet him at a hotel. Franco later admitted to the exchange on Live with Kelly and Michael, calling social media “tricky.” You know what’s not tricky Franco? DATING WOMEN YOUR OWN AGE.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
— Violet Paley (@VioletPaley) January 8, 2018
Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!
— Sarah Tither-Kaplan (@sarahtk) January 8, 2018
…and has a history of being an alleged perv
If that predatory incident wasn’t enough, Franco seems to have a history of inappropriate behaviour. Recently, women have been sharing stories on Twitter, including one that alleges Franco pushed a woman’s head down towards his “exposed penis” in a car. Another story shared by an actor on social media alleges that Franco told her she had to do “full nudity” scenes in his movies because she had signed a contract. Apart from these instances, The Breakfast Club actor Ally Sheedy implied in a now-deleted tweet during the Golden Globes that Franco was part of the reason she left acting. “James Franco just won. Please never ever ask me why I left the tv/film business,” she tweeted. She also tweeted: “Why is a man hosting? Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya #goldenglobes.” There’s clearly more to Sheedy’s story and it ain’t sounding good.
He makes so many *shit* movies
If Franco peaces the Hollywood scene in 2018 no one will be sad. He’s been in some serious crappy films, including—but not limited to—Why Him, Good People, Queen of the Desert, Sonny, The Third Person and Homefront. Haven’t heard of half these titles? You’re not missing much.
He “plays gay” for fun
Franco likes his sexuality to come across as a question mark and makes super problematic statements about it. Franco has played gay characters in films like Milk and I Am Michael, fine, but he has also repetitively made comments about being “a little gay” and has used his sexuality as a means to keep people guessing. (For the record it doesn’t matter if Franco is gay, straight or bi; it’s his queerbaiting that isn’t cool). Speaking with Vulture in 2016, he said people care about his sexuality because he’s a “celebrity” and made a WTF statement. “If your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I’m a gay cocktease,” he said. “It’s where my allegiance lies, where my sensibilities lie, how I define myself. Yeah, I’m a little gay, and there’s a gay James.”
Adding fuel to the queerbaiting fire, Franco interviewed HIMSELF for FourTwoNine in 2016, resulting in an article titled, “The Straight James Franco Talks to the Gay James Franco.” Straight Franco asked gay Franco if he was gay, to which gay Franco replied: “I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay.” Um, how about how MOST PEOPLE DEFINE IT.
Honestly, how does this dude have like a bajillion university degrees???
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