At this point, even if James Franco’s whole flirting with a teenage girl on Instagram thing really was a stunt to promote his new movie, that doesn’t make things much better. It’s scary to think someone would make himself look like such a total and complete douche for the sake of a publicity stunt. (And that’s without even mentioning the new naked selfie.) Take these new quotes from his appearance on Howard Stern’s radio show as an example. His defense of hitting on a 17-year-old basically amounts to “She started it!”
He of course blames the media for twisting his flirtations with a teenager into him chasing after teenagers… which is only exactly what it was.
“The way that the news wants to kind of do it, because these are the flashy headlines, I am pursuing…young women,” he told Stern of his encounter with Clode, who met him outside his Broadway show in New York City. “I’m not going to high schools looking for dates. I’m leaving my work and they’re coming there!”
So apparently because he’s not using high schools like singles bars, he’s allowed to ask a girl he knows is underage to join him in a hotel room. According to James Franco, if an underage girl comes up to you after a play, you have no choice but to contact her via Instagram and proposition her. Pfft, who needs a sense of right and wrong and a concept of responsibility, anyway? If she seems interested, you can’t be blamed.
And what else is he supposed to do when his fan base includes attractive teenagers? Not flirt with them?
“So I’m just seeing attractive women. And look, my fan base is like 17-year-old girls. If I do a book signing, it’ll be 17-year-old to 30-year-old women. That’s my biggest fan base. So I saw her, and she’s saying on her page, ‘I love James Franco, blah blah blah.’”
He goes on to call himself a “gentleman” for asking if she had a boyfriend, then gets offended that people would call him out for not taking responsibility:
“Now people want to say I victim-bashed her,” he told Stern. “How is she a victim? I was like anybody, just trying to meet somebody. It’s just that my dirty s–t gets put out internationally.”
Actually, you weren’t like “anybody,” because “anybody” doesn’t take advantage of a young fan via Instagram and then continue to hit on said fan even after learning she’s 17. It would be nice if celebrities would stop excusing their clearly wrong behavior by making it seem like everyone does it and they’re the only ones who get called out. You should get called out, even if it were something everybody does (which it isn’t).
Ugh, somebody build me a time machine so I can warn my younger self never to have a crush on him.