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James Franco’s Paintings Of Nude Seth Rogen Are Plagiarized, And He Says That’s Fine

james-franco-seth-rogen-nudeJames Franco finally admitted on the Today show this morning that his nude paintings of Seth Rogen were actually ripped off from another artist (nsfw), Pinups magazine editor Christopher Schulz.

Franco has been “premiering” the series of nude paintings, which he based on Schulz’s drawings, as part of an ongoing “gay sex art project” with Seth Rogen. He says he feels no shame in blatantly plagiarizing another artist’s work because he’s more famous than this other artist, you see:

“Some other artist took it upon himself to do these sketches of Seth in the nude. Seth didn’t pose for them. But this artist depicted Seth, and he wouldn’t have gotten much attention for these sketches, except that he put Seth’s face on it. And so I felt like, oh here he is appropriating Seth’s personality and his persona for his art to get attention for his art, and I thought, well, if anybody should paint Seth naked, it should be me, so I took his sketches and did paintings.”

Throughout the whole segment, Franco fails to mention Christopher Schulz. The world’s most noted and misunderstood poet, playwright, actor, selfie king, now the world’s hottest thief.

And once for the legal team, plagiarism is defined as “the ‘wrongful appropriation’ and ‘stealing and publication’ of another author’s ‘language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions’ and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”

Though his Facebook page is set as “private,” Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak notes that Schulz posted a response to Franco’s interview shortly after it aired:

Just as I co-opt common culture, Franco is co-opting queer culture. I made the Seth drawings to undermine the way celebrity archetypes are coded (hence the Seventeen magazine logo font on the book cover). I wanted to portray Seth as a sex symbol in a way that other sex symbols can’t compare. After all, who else has inspired a book like mine? Franco missed the opportunity to take my concept further by inviting Seth to pose for new original paintings. He says “if anybody should paint Seth naked, it should be me” but he didn’t paint Seth naked, he painted my imagination of Seth naked.

James Franco, famous copycat. We don’t think he should lose his career over this, but if he does, we know a few thirsty LGBT blogs he can work for.

By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           May 14, 2014
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  • 4 Comments
    • MrKev
      MrKev

      Of course James doesn’t care because he’s a POS who doesn’t care about anyone but himself. The fact he wouldn’t even mention the original artists’ name or give him props shows what a self-obsessed azzhole he is. And he has to copy other people because he has no talent or ideas of his own.

      May 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • crowebobby
      crowebobby

      Franco’s now given us Jack Kilmer in Palo Alto; I never want to hear another critical word against him. Never!!!

      May 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lvng1tor
      Lvng1tor

      I just want to live in Franco’s head for a few hrs…just gotta see it…insane? genius? master manipulator? fraud? most self realized person ever?

      May 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      Why is this parasite always feeding off gay people and appropriating queer culture?

      Find a new host, girl, please! (And don’t try black folks or asian people, those two been done to the nth degree!)

      May 15, 2014 at 12:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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