The James Franco Sexual Misconduct Allegations Are Here
Like so many men before him in such a short amount of time, international openly gay-baiting acting sensation James Franco is facing sexual misconduct allegations. The Internet was abuzz shortly after Franco accepted his Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for The Disaster Artist during this weekend's ceremony. Ally Sheedy of The Breakfast Club fame worked with Franco on an off-Broadway play years ago, and in a since-deleted Tweet, claimed that he was part of the problem. Franco's sporting of a Time's Up pin - in solidarity with the movement that took over the Globes this year - while accepting his award only fanned the flames of accusers claiming that he's all kinds of hypocritical.
Last night Franco took his first opportunity to defend himself against the allegations when questioned by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show:
There were some things on Twitter, I haven’t read them. I’ve heard about them. I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I have total respect for her. She took the tweet down, I can’t speak for her. The others, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for what I’ve done. The things I heard are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out because they didn’t have a voice for so long. I don’t want to shut them down in anyway. I think its a good thing and I support it.
I can’t live if there’s restitution to be made. If I’ve done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. I don’t know what else to do. As far as the bigger issue of how we do it, I really don’t have the answers. I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen. I’m here to listen and learn and change my perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to.
Guilty! JK. As bystanders we must mitigate the tenant of our legal system - innocent until proven guilty - with the now-ubiquitous offense of victim shaming. The Franco fallout could be a very real thing in the coming weeks, and he's even already lost his first gig to the new allegations - a prestigious TimesTalk appearance in conjunction with The New York Times. The publication had this to say about his removal from the event:
The event was intended to be a discussion of the making of the film, The Disaster Artist. Given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein.
What is a modern-day gal to do in these sorts of situations, which will only become more prevalent as people feel increasingly comfortable talking about their experiences with powerful Hollywood figures? Is it officially Time's Up for Franco, or do we need to wait for more information until we make a judgment? Either way, I'll be truly heartbroken if I never get to see another self-obsessed Oscar bait nightmare from this guy. And more important to Franco, so will he.