Renaissance man James Franco has responded to Gawker’s claim that he is shacking up with “live-in boyfriend” Scott Haze by calling the report “homophobic.” For the record, James Franco is the only one allowed to imply his own inherent gayness for entertainment value.
Yesterday, Gawker published an article pointing out the romantic undertones in a Times fluff piece about James’ latest film Child of God.
J.K. Trotter writes:
But theirs is the kind of relationship—somewhat ambiguous, seemingly gay, probably romantic—that almost always sends The New York Times into a bizarre moral panic.
Of course, it’s always hard to distinguish Franco’s private interest and public provocation—so perhaps the Times’ squeamishness is a symptom of their fear of being fooled. Maybe Franco was just messing with them! Then again, the paper of record has plenty of experience playing coy about gay relationships, too. In that sense, Franco and the Times are the perfect match.
Franco, a heterosexual man who has previously used gay sex, plagiarized work from gay artists, started his own gay rumors and fueled gay rumors about his brother for the benefit of his own career, draws the line HERE.
So for those of you taking notes, James Franco pretty much just labeled his own MO as homophobic: