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James Franco Slams 'Homophobic' Gawker Article Implying He's Gay

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Actor James Franco took to social media today to criticize what he called a "homophobic" Gawker article published Wednesday implying he's gay.

The article, entitled "James Franco Is Living With a Man," floated the idea that actor Scott Haze was Fraco's "live-in boyfriend" based on two sentences in a recent New York Times piece on Franco. 

Wrote Gawker's J.K. Trotter, in part:

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.

Franco's response, posted on Facebook:


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  1. Gawker has been getting quite a bit wrong lately with their articles...

    Posted by: Andrew | Aug 7, 2014 10:48:57 AM

  2. I wouldn't call it "slamming" Gawker - more like teasing and twitting. Slamming suggest (to me anyway) anger, and I don't get that it makes him angry, except as far as the Gawker piece is silly sensasionalism.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Aug 7, 2014 10:51:36 AM

  3. I would love for him to explain how it's homophobic. It isn't homophobic to simply report on it unless you believe homosexuality is a bad thing.

    Posted by: crashops | Aug 7, 2014 10:53:24 AM

  4. Speculation that someone might be gay does not amount to homophobia. James Franco is an egomaniacal, attention whore.

    Posted by: sy | Aug 7, 2014 11:03:33 AM

  5. So James gay-baits us 24/7 but them when someone says that he's probably gay, he's homophobic. Got it.

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 7, 2014 11:03:33 AM

  6. @ Crashops - I agree with you. This says more about Franco than Gawker.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 7, 2014 11:04:30 AM

  7. So, two dudes can't live together without tawdry tabloids thinking they are sexually involved? Sickos.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Aug 7, 2014 11:10:17 AM

  8. everybody reaches their limits with people who say things that aren't true, i think franco gets a pass.

    most people wouldn't appreciate being linked romantically to anyone when it wasn't true, male or female.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 7, 2014 11:13:04 AM

  9. Franco is a moron.

    He CONSTANTLY plays the gay card, and that's fine?

    But when someone else does it, then it's homophobia?


    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 7, 2014 11:15:49 AM

  10. Northalabama Not true...no one cares is if they are linked to a woman..half the time those are more beard relationships than not. It is only when someone dare suggest that two grown men living together are gay is what sets off a fury. I mean police walked in on Matthew McConaughey and Cole Hauser, nude, playing bongos. How dare the press suggest they are more than friends!!

    It is homophobia when you freak out about it. If you respond 'well it's flattering but not true" then fine you are good. If however you respond that it is homophobic to suggest two men living together are gay..well you not only have no concept of the definition of homophobic but probably protest too much.

    Posted by: Glen | Aug 7, 2014 11:20:14 AM

  11. Yep over James. More of your bro please.

    Posted by: John | Aug 7, 2014 11:22:41 AM

  12. Seems like the norm now with these blogs/pages that have elements of social justice leanings -- very in vogue to disparage gays these days it seems. Gross.

    Posted by: pablo | Aug 7, 2014 11:40:54 AM

  13. Boring ...

    Posted by: Marty | Aug 7, 2014 11:47:26 AM

  14. It's because GAWKER is now run mostly by reporters from JEZEBEL who are claasic gender-feminsts....look at their protest at the SF jail party last month...Classic MISANDRY...

    Posted by: rochon | Aug 7, 2014 11:57:28 AM

  15. @glen - franco didn't "freak out", he was having a bad day - one bad day, one bad tweet. using one tweet as a ratinale to suggest franco is homophobic is worse than anything he said.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 7, 2014 12:16:44 PM

  16. I rather enjoy having my own place but I also have friends who don't want to live alone. Even though they could afford their own home they choose to have a roommate or two. Franco may be this type. It doesn't mean anything. I've had as many straight roommates as gay ones and as many women as men. If anyone read anything into those living arrangements they were jumping to a lot of conclusions.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Aug 7, 2014 12:44:44 PM

  17. Rochon is actually Styler who is actually Rick. Rochon even uses the same link to "http://www.balepic/" as Rick does with Styler.

    And the comment includes the same anti-Feminist language that Rick is ALWAYS using.

    Rick, we see you. You stop that.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 7, 2014 12:54:03 PM

  18. James Franco is a legend in the making. He is a true talent, and true talents often take heaps of criticism from those who can't measure up.

    Posted by: Ken | Aug 7, 2014 1:00:06 PM

  19. JK Trotter has made Gawker pretty odious lately.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Aug 7, 2014 1:13:46 PM

  20. @ KEN,

    thanks, I like him (Franco) also. He reminds me of James Dean. Not as much natural acting genius as James Dean, but Franco has a lot of talent and personality.

    We'll see.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 7, 2014 1:13:58 PM

  21. I understand what Franco means by calling them homophobic... the article itself was not, but the sentence saying that his roommate would cause gay panic at the NYT sounds homophobic... because it is their conclusion and assumption... Franco's reponse is not to being written about in general, but written about in a way that equates him with gay, and gay with something negative...

    Posted by: V-8 | Aug 7, 2014 1:34:34 PM

  22. "... and see me direct my live-in boyfriend, SCOTT HAZE!!!"

    Oh, good lord. James is just being playful. Hasn't he shown you people in the past TEN YEARS he's uber-gay-friendly? What do you people need? Actual gay penetration to be considered gay friendly?

    Drama queen: please stop opining and stop jumping at every opportunity to push Franco under the bus.

    Posted by: will | Aug 7, 2014 1:39:55 PM

  23. Yeah, Ken, he's a legend in the making because he spends 99% of his time working on that legend. Jack of all trades, master of none, except acting, the rest is not worth anyone's attention. As to the "homophobia", I agree with SY and GIGI and even MARYM — you can't play around with the gay idiom and NOT expect the "press", of all things, to take advantage of this. He should know better. And just take it like a man…

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Aug 7, 2014 1:52:44 PM

  24. Maybe Franco should actually have gay sex before he acts indignant about people making comments about him. He sounds like a big tease tome.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 7, 2014 2:12:06 PM

  25. James Franco loves to poke fun at the parrot media of the internet age.

    Posted by: petey | Aug 7, 2014 3:11:45 PM

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