What the Hell, Franco? Scam On Someone Your Own Age, Sleazy McSleazestein

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What the Hell, Franco? Scam On Someone Your Own Age, Sleazy McSleazestein

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | April 3, 2014 | Comments ()


I honestly don’t know what to think, here. I’ve seen this story on several sites, and they all say that James Franco allegedly try to pick up a 17 year old on Instagram and meet her in a hotel, and I don’t know if this is a denial or not. (DListed)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • nobcarajo100

    He should have waited until she's 18 and magically matures a lot. I mean, 17? Jeez, what a dumbass.

  • Green Lantern

    Twenty-four. "Dredd" was an excellent cop movie, and that's all it really needed to be. I'd gladly watch another one just like it.

  • kinoumenthe

    Hey, I'm a Dredd fan too ! That makes 7.

  • Slim

    Top 50 Southern Novels seems to have placed Cold Mountain way, way too early on the list and Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Flannery O'Connor too far toward the end. Maybe they are in no particular order?

  • kuhopp

    I think they're alphabetical.

  • thatsmrsnyder

    Actually, James Franco is exactly who I would have guessed had we been doing some weird man-on-the-street guess-what-creepy-celeb-just-tried-to-pick-up-a-minor segment.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    What if it was all a performance art that explores the consanguinity of a hyperconnected post-9/11 digital age and we are all just philistines for not seeing the brilliant subvertion of it? It's Dicknose Franco!

  • JJ

    Has been pointed out that James Franco is the real-life David Wooderson?

    You just gotta keep livin' man. L-I-V-I-N.

  • DeusExMachine

    Please vote for "Hannibal" in Hulu's Best in Show 2014 poll. It's the least we can do to save it.


    Sorry about the offtopic post, but it's for a good cause.

  • Maddy

    I have never seen an episode of Dexter, but I've seen that treadmill video so many times and I still find it hilariously inept every time.

  • BendinIntheWind

    "I trust that you guys will react appropriately."

    With an eyeroll so forceful it could knock the earth off its very axis?

  • I knew I felt a little unsteady on my feet today...

  • lowercase_ryan

    Is anyone else just flabbergasted at the sheer fucking stupidity of what Franco just did?? I mean, jesus, he KNOWS how the internet works. I don't eve...I mean what the fuck?!? Aside from the fact that it's illegal, this is a 2x4 of stupid right to the face. IT HURTS MY BRAIN! WHY U SO DUM JAMEZ???

    Creepy thought: I don't know anything about sex offenders so maybe someone can help me out, this does NOT come across as a one time thing for him does it?

  • CaliCheeseSucks

    I really don't want to be in the uncomfortable position of defending James Franco but are you seriously suggesting that this incident - which a lot of people think was a Franco-engineered stunt and not in any way happenstance - indicates Franco is a long-term sex offender?

  • lowercase_ryan

    I think it's entirely possible.

  • CaliCheeseSucks

    Based on what? Taking it all at face value, he hit on a girl who was of legal age (in New York State and in her home country). She didn't even get hit with a junk shot. That's not exactly damning evidence, counselor.

  • lowercase_ryan

    If there was damning evidence this would be a different conversation entirely. What I do know is that he hits on the girl, asks her if she's 18, finds out she's not, then doubles down on that shit. Maybe on Celebrity Planet that's normal behavior for a 35 year old but it sure as shit isn't on my planet.

    Take away his celebrity and insert some random 35 year old guy in that exchange and tell you don't find something off about it?

  • CaliCheeseSucks

    No, I don't find something off about it. Again, nothing in that exchange was particularly "off." I've dealt with plenty of guys behaving in a sleazy way towards me, but that didn't automatically make them established sex offenders, just sleazy jerks. That you can't distinguish between the two is a bit troubling.

  • lowercase_ryan

    It's entirely possible that Franco is just a sleazy jerk. It's also possible that he's something worse.

    but boys will be boys amirite?


  • CaliCheeseSucks

    Well, you seem to be trying to make a case for something there's no grounds to claim. "He once did something sleazy. He might be a sex offender!"

    Especially given Franco's established history of media-trolling and, as Repo points out, associated with that Franco's upcoming film about a teacher trying to seduce a high school student, which this incident plays into perfectly. Never mind what there is evidence to suggest, let's just pull b.s. out of thin air and call it a day.

    Whatever, indeed.

  • lowercase_ryan

    ok dropping it, but I will say that while I find his behavior disconcerting and extremely questionable, it was unfair of me to wonder aloud if he was a sex offender. Or whatever I said.

  • Repo

    Totally. Since coincidentally his upcoming art film Palo Alto is about him playing a teacher who seduces a high school girl. Or art imitating life. Who knows.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Now we know why Franco keeps going back to college.

    Freshmen orientation.

  • Kala


  • Tracer Bullet

    He gets older but the chicks stay the same age, man.

  • emilya

    damn, you beat me to it!

  • L.O.V.E.

    (Checks out Top 50 Southern Novels. Sees that Faulkner took 2 of top 5 spots)

    Seems legit.

  • stella

    What the hell, Franco is the name of the blog I will now start writing.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Just don't use "Expository Whore". I called dibs on it as a blog name recently.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Oh, I got a feeling there is going to be lots of people going to the wrong site when googling "suppository whore" and/or "repository whore" and your site pops up.

  • stella

    As long as I can keep Prostitution Whore we have a deal.

  • Bob Genghis Khan

    Track 3's the dumb kids.

  • pajiba

    You will have SO much content.

  • John W

    Seven of us.

    I'm happy with her implants too...

  • Classic

    Twenty? Or Twenty one? I loved Dredd.

  • MissAmynae

    23! watched it tuesday night, loved it.

  • loo shag brolley
  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin


  • Dennis Albert Ramirez



  • Harley


  • Lawrence Aggleton

    Eleven, Urban was superb, as was Cersei.

  • John W

    Cersei. It is known.

  • BendinIntheWind


  • Ryan Ambrose

    Make it thirteen.

  • loo shag brolley


  • pajiba

    This is beginning to feel like the world's slowest slow clap!

  • John W

    No we need John Belushi to come in and scream:

  • FIF. TEEN.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Sixteen! AKA just the way Franco likes 'em.

  • L.O.V.E.

    17!!! Take it away Fra- err, Winger.


  • zeke_the_pig

    If I could upvote this more I would

  • John W

    That guy would've made a heck of a ballet dancer.

  • kinoumenthe

    Ok, this is the thread. 18 then.

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