Handsome actor, writer of pretentious op-eds and expert at playing likeable stoners James Franco was caught out last week creeping on a 17 year old girl on Instagram. Ruh roh.
The whole thing kicked off when a fan called Lucy posted a video with him outside the Broadway show he’s currently appearing in and he asked her to tag him in it while she was filming. When she did, he turned on the Franco charm offensive, which seems to consist of sending sleepy looking selfies and relentless questions about booking hotel rooms.
Of course, if a fan wants to hook up with a celebrity, then why the hell not (text me back already, Benedict). However the problem here was that the fan in question was a 17 year old schoolgirl from Scotland on a trip to New York with her mam. And even worse, finding out how old she was did nothing to get him to take a step back and put his damn pants back on.
He admitted to the encounter in a tv interview (not that he could deny it really, what with screenshots of the exchange all over the internet), spinning a line about social media being tricky and how hard it is to be a celebrity and that he used bad judgement, etc etc, instead of just straight out apologizing for creeping on a 17 year old.
It’s so disappointing when someone you previously liked turns out to be creepy and James is no exception. Despite his insufferable articles about Shia LeBoeuf or the meaning of selfies or whatever, he always seemed like fun, sending himself up in films like This Is The End and making hilarious videos with Seth Rogen (who also needs to call me).
Unfortunately he’s not the first celebrity to disappoint me with bad decisions or previously unaired attitudes. Johnny Depp has lost the run of himself and went from being a genuinely cool guy in good films, knocking around a chateau in France with Vanessa Paradis and their two cute kids to the redface cringefest that was The Lone Ranger and shacking up with an actress half his age. Boo, Johnny. Boo.
Jeremy Irons has also gone on my list for his outrageously stupid opinions on equal marriage, when he reckoned it would lead to fathers marrying their sons to avoid inheritance tax, because “it’s not incest between men”. Well feck you Jeremy and the horse you rode in on. Way to ruin Scar from The Lion King for me.
So what do you make of the whole James Franco Instagram fiasco? The girl’s 84 year old granny Beryl has said that he should get a slap on the wrist, which is an image that I’m absolutely loving. Whack him with that copy of Hello! Beryl!
And which celebrities have messed up beyond the point of forgiveness for you? To the comments!