James Franco’s ‘Maybe I’m just gay’ -- and why we love it
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Cheers to you, James Franco -- and not just for further increasing your sexual ambiguity, and therefore improving our chances of dating you.
Really, cheers not only for saying awesome stuff that’s poignant about male sexuality in pop culture, but also for having a sense of humor.
You know, fluid sexuality, the thing that some male stars can put forth, then immediately recoil from for fear of alienating a larger audience?
‘It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white ... ‘ Franco told Entertainment Weekly this week about his affinity for gay roles, and what that means regarding the longstanding tradition of questioning his sexuality.
‘ ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or,’ he lamented, ‘ ‘This is your third gay movie -- come out already!’ ‘
‘And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality.’
Franco, who has portrayed gay characters including an activist in ‘Milk’ and beat poet Allen Ginsberg in ‘Howl,’ insists he finds plenty more dimensions to the characters than their bedroom proclivities.
‘Or, you know what,’ he concluded, ‘maybe I’m just gay.’
Heart emoticons from the Ministry, James.
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-- Matt Donnelly