There have been speculations and suspicions here and there on ‘s sexuality, but now the world has to wonder no more!In the March issue of Four Two Nine magazine, The Interview star was convinced to grill himself on whether or not he was gay.[ Related: James Isn’t Dating The Mystery Woman! She’s Actually His … ]This was definitely an inneresting take on the matter!The 36-year-old literally had an NSFW conversation with himself! On the record!James said (to himself):
Straight James: Let’s get substantial: are you f**king gay or what? Gay James: Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would f**k guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay.
LOLz! Wow, we got an answer and a little history lesson all in one!Guess that answers the question! He’s gay-ish! But with a straight peen?It’s not really surprising though. His art may have a unique view, but Franco has always had a way with the ladies!Hmm, we wouldn’t mind getting a one-on-one exclusive with Gay James though. LOLz![Image via Joel Ginsburg/.]
James Franco: I’m gay except I don’t have sex with men
Actor and director James Franco has hinted again that he does not fully identify as straight, saying he is gay “up to the point of intercourse”.
The Hollywood star made the comments in an interview with FourTwoNine magazine.
He said: “Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also a gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight… If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight.”
Adding: “In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay.”
Franco recently revealed what fuels his “obsession” with telling LGBT stories on screen – specifically that of gay men.
During an interview with Rolling Stone magazine the actor opened up about his “artistic preoccupation” with homosexuality and gay men in general.
The actor announced last year that he is currently working on porn drama film King Cobra– which will be based on the murder of Cobra Videos filmmaker Bryan Kocis in 2007.
7 celebrities accused of queerbaiting: James Franco, Nick Jonas, and more
Sexuality is fluid, but some straight Hollywood stars only seem interested in the same sex when they have an album to sell, a movie to promote, or social media followers or YouTube viewers to gain.
Take Logan Paul. The controversy-ridden YouTube star — who walked blindfolded into traffic for one video and laughed at a suicide victim for another — is now saying he’ll “go gay for just one month,” while legit queers around the world are asking him to kindly not.
Heterosexuals, please come collect your own. Us queers do not want Logan Paul.
LGBTQ people are literally killing themselves after being sent to conversion therapy, which is built on the myth he’s perpetuating that you can „choose“ to be gay.
While we try to contain our eye rolls about that situation, let’s reflect on the other celebs who have dabbled in queerbaiting — including, paradoxically, two stars whose actual same-sex attraction was called into doubt.
James Franco sets the record straight about his sexuality
IS HE or isn’t he? There have been rumours about James Franco’s sexuality for years, now the 36-year-old actor has finally come clean.
There have been rumours about James Franco’s sexuality for years but the 36-year-old actor has finally set the record straight.
The 127 Hours star was asked to interview himself for the upcoming edition of Four Two Nine magazine and he took the opportunity to clear up any confusion about his private life.
To which he responded, “Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life”.
“Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay.
“If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with.
“Sailors would f*** guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay.”
Seth Rogen and James Franco kiss in their Bound 2 parodySource:Supplied
And in case you’re late to the party and wondering why there are so many rumours about his sexuality, well, in the past Franco has appeared in several films with gay themes, including The Broken Tower Sal.
However last year he was also busted hitting on a 17-year-old Scottish girl on Instagram.
James Franco Gay Rumors: Actor Opens Up About His Sexuality In Confusing Interview
Is James Franco gay? The actor decided to take on the rumors about his sexuality in a bizarre, new interview that’s unlike any other.
The actor interviewed himself for Four Two Nine Magazine with the straight side of himself sitting down for a chat with the gay side of himself.
Franco realizes that his roles and his behavior have led to a lot of discussion about his sexuality, and he really does not mind all the talk surrounding him. He likes to be provocative and do things that people will notice. He also likes to challenge himself. His most normal role in recent years was in Oz the Great and Powerful.
Franco has been keeping busy though, and he has three movies set for release this spring, True Story, I Am Michael, and Everything Will Be Fine.
In his interview, he did not hold back, and he tackled his sexuality first. The gay side of himself answered the question about his sexuality.“Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would f**k guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay.“One would think that James Franco would really start to mind all the speculation about his sexuality, but he actually seems to enjoy it. On Instagram, the actor posts outrageous things that leave fans wondering about his sexuality.
According to a February Inquisitr report, James Franco was joined by Rolling Stone cover featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In this photo, a nearly naked Rogen is curled up against Franco’s side as he kisses Franco’s cheek. The Interview co-stars had to do deal with the scandal surrounding their film back in December, but the photo share on Instagram was another sign that the pair did not allow the scandal to faze them.
Franco defended his outrageous behavior on Instagram during his interview.“Why would you say that it was a good thing that people would consider me straight? I actually like it when people think I’m gay; it’s a great shield. Like the guy in Shampoo or the play that Shampoo is based on, The Country Wife by Wycherley. I guess I mean that I like my queer public persona. I like that it’s so hard to define me and that people always have to guess about me. They don’t know what the hell is up with me, and that’s great. Not that I do what I do to confuse people, but as long as they are confused, I get time to play.“Franco has starred in many films as gay characters, including Milk, and Howl, and The Broken Tower, and Interior Leather Bar. This has only added to the speculation about his sexuality. In I Am Michael, he plays a gay character once again. This time alongside Zachary Quinto, and he spoke about his homosexual roles and how they have changed him in an interview with Vulture for the film.“In the case of Milk, once I did that movie, it kind of opened me up to a lot of things I hadn’t really thought about because they hadn’t been a part of my life. Lee Daniels says that gay rights are the civil rights of our era, so I like doing a movie like Milk or Interior Leather Bar where I can bring themes and ideas I’ve been engaged with, and do it in such a way that those ideas are pulled into the mainstream more. I feel like that’s my place: I can in some ways lend myself and say that these are important issues of equal rights, though on the other hand, I’m very much about preserving this queer kind of space of defying identity and defying labels. I think there are a lot of those themes in this movie as well.“Even with James Franco taking on his sexuality, he ended his self-interview in a way that will only confuse his fans even more. He revealed that it was his public self speaking during the interview.“Yes, in the sense that I am answering as James Franco, but no in the sense that it is a public statement in an entertainment magazine, which means that it is part of my public persona and not my private veridical self—and even if it were in the New York Times, it would be the same; it would be an expression of my public self.“Franco went on to say that he would not share his private self because then it would be public. In a way, Franco answered his questions in a manner that would only stir up more controversy. People have taken to social media to talk about the provocative interview.I don’t get why James Franco tries to be the „gayest straight man“ alive when Depeche Mode have beaten him at that game for decades.
— Christopher Adams (@Chhadams) March 19, 2015james franco is the most interesting person in the world to me I wanna sit in a parking lot and talk about his life with him for hours
— amanda (@harryuhm) March 19, 2015James Franco says he’s gay „up until the point of intercourse.“ Kind of like being smart up until the point of saying anything.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 19, 2015Lmao this is why I love James Franco
— JAZZZZ (@jazminetiffany) March 19, 2015What is next for Franco? In addition to the three films set release this spring, the actor is already working on another project. However, he is working behind the camera this time. According to Digital Spy, Franco will direct In Dubious Battle. Zach Braff and Josh Hutcherson are the latest to join the film about an „activist becoming involved with California’s contentious labor movement during the 1930s.“ Production for the film will take place in Georgia.
What do you think of James Franco interview and the gay rumors surrounding him?
James Franco Says He’s ‚A Little Gay‘
James Franco’s sexuality has been the subject of much speculation, including by James Franco; the actor/artist/author once conducted Magazine interview published in the April 18 issue, the actor once again elaborated on the subject, describing himself as “a little gay.”
Noting that Franco has said he’s “gay in my art and straight in my life,” the interviewer asks Franco to explain whether he’s not also gay in his life, pointing out that some gay men have called him “kind of a gay c—k tease.” Franco acknowledged the assessment:
There is a bit of overfocusing on my sexuality, both by the straight press and the gay press, and so the first question is why do they care? Well, because I’m a celebrity, so I guess they care who I’m having sex with. But if your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I’m a gay c—k tease. It’s where my allegiance lies, where my sensibilities lie, how I define myself. Yeah, I’m a little gay, and there’s a gay James.
James Franco parle de son homosexualité
En pleine promo de son prochain film « King Cobra », James Franco s’est confié sur sa sexualité dans les colonnes du « New York Magazine ». « Ouais, je suis un peu gay, et il y a un gay en James Franco », a ainsi déclaré l’acteur américain dans une interview accordée au magazine.
James Franco Is Gay
Wow! Finally, proof that actor-poet James Franco is a gay man, published on his Instagram feed! „#Jamesfrancotv in love?????? #gay,“ he writes.
But wait: Are these real photographs of James Franco and his gay (male) lover—or a provocative prank by the director-artist himself?
James Franco is keeping mum, but one thing’s for sure: He’s made us think! About the media, stardom, sexuality—and ourselves. Keep it up, James Franco!
Is James Franco Gay, in a Relationship or Married & What is His Net Worth in 2020?
Age/Date of Birth:April 19, 1978 Height:5 feet, 11 inches (1.8 m) Ethnicity/Race:Mixed of Portuguese-Swedish, Russian-Jewish descent Nationality:American Wife or Girlfriend:Isabel Pakzad Parents:Father; Douglas Eugene “Doug” FrancoMother: Betsy Lou (née Verne) Net Worth:$30 million
James Franco is one of those guys who abandoned education after they fell in love with the entertainment industry. The famous actor is also admired for being a fine filmmaker. As of 2020, James Franco’s net worth is $30 million.
Is James Franco gay? All your questions answered
James Franco used to be extremely vocal about his sexuality, however a recent string of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behaviour accusations have seemed to put a stop to his openness. Find out more on that unpleasant business here, but it’s not what we’re here to discuss.
Although the allegations in question are from several women, the star’s sexuality is still a matter of speculation.
James Franco’s public ‘gay behaviour’ is sometimes viewed as social critique, or, at worst as appropriation and queerbaiting. Loads more on that here.
El actor asegura en una entrevista que le gusta pensar que es homosexual en cuanto a su vida artística se refiere y heterosexual en su vida privada
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James Franco no repara en admitir que le gusta ser coqueto con los hombres. Lo dice con naturalidad y sabiendo que su confesión volverá a ocupar titulares como ya pasó cuando le dijo a la revista gay ForTwoNine que: “me gusta pensar que soy gay en mi arte y hetero en mi vida”. Las nuevas declaraciones las hace a The New York Magazine. En la entrevista el actor, de 38 años, se define como “un poco gay”, pero aclara que si ser homosexual o ser heterosexual se define por con quien “te acuestas”, entonces él se llamaría a sí mismo un “provocador”.
La estrella que ha dado vida a personajes gais en cintas como: Howl, Mi nombre es Harvey Milk y I Am Michael, insiste que los medios le dan demasiada atención a la sexualidad de un famoso. “Creo que le dan mucha importancia a mi sexualidad. Tanto la prensa hetero como la prensa gay siempre me preguntan lo mismo y ¿Realmente eso importa tanto? Bueno entiendo que soy una celebridad y quizá por eso les importa tanto con quien tengo sexo”, añadió.
Una foto publicada por James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) el 5 de Mar de 2016 a la(s) 3:31 PST
James Franco ya ha demostrado en otras ocasiones que se siente cómodo con las especulaciones incluso el año pasado publicó un libro titulado Straight James / Gay James Según el actor estadounidense “su sensibilidad, lealtad” y su forma de definirse a sí mismo es “un poco gay”.
En su última cinta King Cobra, también da vida a un homosexual. El drama dirigido por Justin Kelly indaga en las circunstancias que rodean el asesinato de Bryan Kocis, un empresario de cine gay para adultos, en 2007.
« Je suis un allumeur avec les hommes »
« Tout le monde se concentre sur ma sexualité, à la fois la presse hétéro et la presse gay, je me demande d’abord pourquoi cela les intéresse. Je suis une célébrité, donc je suppose que c’est important de savoir avec qui je couche. Mais si votre définition de l’homosexualité et de l’hétérosexualité relève de savoir avec qui l’on couche, je pense que je peux dire que je suis un allumeur avec les hommes », a encore précisé le comédien de trente-huit ans.
Son prochain film, qui a été diffusé en avant-première au festival du film indépendant de Tribeca à New York, raconte l’histoire de Bryan Kocis, un producteur de film pornographique assassiné en 2007, et regorge de scènes torrides.
In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from Cruising (1980). Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and „off camera,“ as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. The film itself is constructed as a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, „Interior. Leather Bar.“ defies easy categorization. Written by
„Interior. Leather Bar“ shouldn’t have been made. It didn’t need to be made. Only the reigning poseur king of „art“ filmaking James Franco and his idiot director friend Travis Mathews would have thrown this sixty minute hairball up on any , William Friedkin’s „Cruising“ was controversial. The bad press it received before and after being made and released effectively killed it. It was pretty much forgotten by everyone, even those gay men who arrived in the life long after it was made and rejected. The stories that sprang up around „Cruising“ are more interesting than the film itself, i.e. the crowds of LGBT activists picketing and disrupting the actual filming, the disclaimer Friedkin was forced to add to the credit sequences which stated the film was not a blanket condemnation of the entire gay community, and the „lost“ sex scenes filmed at actual NYC leather bars. As it is now known, there never were explicit sex scenes filmed. It’s an urban legend. „Interior.Leather Bar“ is a sham from beginning to end. Nothing looks correct, the music is wrong, and let’s not get started on the eyeshadow being applied to the men in their borrowed leather gear. Franco and Mathews simply wanted to make an „important statement“ buried under gay porn so they hitched their exploitation horse to an antique cart full of actors (both gay and straight) who were never actually there during the leather heydays of the late 70s. Everyone is acting and discussing their motivations in the spaces between filming. You know there’s going to be trouble when the camera searches actor Val Lauren (who’s pretending to be Al Pacino) driving to the shoot and listening to his phone messages. The first call from his wife or girlfriend establishes his heterosexuality and the second is from an unknown man who dismisses Lauren’s decision to appear in „Franco’s f*ggot movie“. Lauren agonizes for an hour about the sex that may or not happen and tries to find his inner Pacino. He can’t find it and comes across as both whiny and pretentious, as if his involvement in this project is beneath him.Leather bars are a dying institution. Their function was derailed by the AIDS crisis and more recently by the tsunami of „normalization“ for LGBT people over the past decades. The raw acting out of men who played games without rules has been traded for SUVs, parenting, and PTA meetings once a month. Franco’s soggy pretend leathermen can all be found waiting tables at any West Hollywood restaurants. The exposure and decline of the leather and backroom world began with „Cruising“ and deserves a better, more fitting eulogy than this stupid mess. Two stars for the exposed dicks and at least one actor who actually looks like he stepped out of the 70s onto the floor of the Mineshaft NYC. This ridiculous twaddle was made only to pad the resumes of Franco and Mathews, who think they’re really saying something about sexual freedom. It’s disingenuous in the extreme and not worth losing an hour of your life to view it.
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Is James Franco Gay? Here’s What We Know About His Sexuality
There have been persistent rumors swirling around the sexuality of James Franco and this is due to the fact that he has portrayed several gay characters in quite a number of gay-themed film projects such as “I Am Michael”, his directorial debut “The Broken Tower”, “Interior. Leather Bar.”, “King Cobra”, and “Milk” among others. He has also openly declared his support for the LGBT community and these have led the media to relentlessly question if he is gay or not. Responding to the questions, he maintains that he finds a lot more dimensions to the gay characters he portrays than the things they do in the bedroom. “Or, you know what,” he joked, “maybe I’m just gay.”
In March 2015, Franco opened up again about his sexuality saying he is gay in his “art”. He said this in a dialogue between “the straight James Franco” and the “gay James Franco” featured on magazine, March issue. Speaking to himself, he asked, “Are you f–king gay or what?” And in response, he said “Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with…”
Continuing, James made it clear that he likes his queer public persona, that he likes the fact that people find it difficult to define him and as a result, are left making guesses about him. “They don’t know what the hell is up with me, and that’s great”, he added. The actor further explained that it’s not like he does what he does to get people confused “but as long as they are confused, I get time to play.”
While Franco does not mind his sexual preference being a topic for public discussion, he is in no way interested in coming out straight to clear the air because according to him, what people really think about his sexuality is of no concern to him as it is none of their business. “So I really don’t choose to identify with my public persona. I am not interested in most straight male-bonding rituals, but I am also kept from being fully embraced by the gay community because I don’t think anyone truly believes I have gay sex.”
Addressing the topic again in 2016 in an interview with Rolling stone, James Franco admitted that he likes to leave people to their imagination as to whether he is gay, straight, or somewhere in the middle. According to him, one of the nice things about all that speculation is that it’s a smokescreen. By letting the rumors about his sexuality go on, they act as a shield and this means that he has more freedom to live his personal life however he wants to.
Is He Married or Dating Anyone?
James Franco has never been married and does not seem to have any plans of settling down anytime soon. Despite the confusion about his sexuality, the actor has been involved with several women over the years, however, in line with his belief that he owes no one an explanation about his love life, he has never confirmed any of the reported relationships.
Presently, James Franco is dating Isabel Pakzad who is fifteen years younger than he is. Isabel is an aspiring actress and a producer known for the 2019 film “This Is 25”, and the 2020 movies “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” and “Audition Room 2”. A Penn State graduate, Isabel was formerly at the University of Southern California where she studied for a Master’s degree in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology.
The duo has reportedly been together since November 2017 even though they never debuted on the red carpet until July 2018. Three months later, they also attended the Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights as a couple. Their relationship has been going strong despite accusations of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behaviour leveled against the actor in January 2018.
James and Isabel are often seen engaging in outdoors exercises but on September 25th 2020 they decided to something different as they went out on a spa date in New York City. After a session of self-pampering, the couple moved over to the popular cafe Dante to have lunch and refreshments. On October 10th 2020, they were again seen receiving some self-care at a New York salon.
James Franco does loads of gay films
We already know that Franco is drawn to gay or bisexual roles. He’s played James Dean, Harvey Milk’s young lover Scott Smith in Milk, and gay poets Allen Ginsberg and Hart Crane in Howl and Hart Crane, respectively.
He also gave the barrel of a revolver a nice big blowjob in Spring Breakers, starred in King Cobra, based on the 2007 murder of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis, and played a gay activist who renounces homosexuality and becomes a Christian pastor in I am Michael.
And let’s not forget Franco’s pseudo-documentary Interior. Leather Bar. – which reimagines and attempts to recreate the 40 minutes of lost S&M footage from the 1980 film Cruising.
Then there’s his erotically-charged short film, The Feast of Stephen. Oh, and Franco’s research for his role in 2002 film Sonny, which involved him hanging out at gay strip clubs in New Orleans – even accompanying a stripper as he serviced a male client in a hotel room.
Straight James Franco and gay James Franco chat
In an interview with New York magazine back in 2016, Franco criticised the media for “overfocusing” on his sexuality.
“There is a bit of overfocusing on my sexuality, both by the straight press and the gay press, and so the first question is why do they care? Well, because I’m a celebrity, so I guess they care who I’m having sex with,” he said.
“But if your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I’m a gay cock tease. It’s where my allegiance lies, where my sensibilities lie, how I define myself. Yeah, I’m a little gay, and there’s a gay James.”
This came after a 2015 FourTwoNine magazine article, in which ‘Straight James Franco’ interviewed himself as ‘Gay James Franco’…
“Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay.”
He continued: “If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay. I wrote a little poem about it.”
Yep, he wrote a little poem about it – and here it is:
Franco went on to ask himself about “pretending to be gay”, to which he responded: “I guess I mean that I like my queer public persona. I like that it’s so hard to define me and that people always have to guess about me. They don’t know what the hell is up with me, and that’s great. Not that I do what I do to confuse people, but as long as they are confused, I get time to play.”
Playing at being gay sounds really fun, doesn’t it?
He waffled on about lots of other things, and was regularly insulting/offensive/annoying, but…
What did he have to say to those who criticise him for appropriating gay culture?
“I say f**k off, but I say it gently. This is such a fraught issue, and I am sensitive to all its aspects. But first of all, I was not the one who pulled my public persona into the gay world; that was the straight gossip press and the gay press speculating about me.
“I really don’t care what people think about my sexuality, and it’s also none of their business. So I really don’t choose to identify with my public persona. I am not interested in most straight male-bonding rituals, but I am also kept from being fully embraced by the gay community because I don’t think anyone truly believes I have gay sex.”
Is he just queerbaiting?
Queerbaiting refers to authors, writers, or showrunners (etc) attempting to attract an LGBT audience by hinting at same-sex relationships between characters, though they’re never actually consummated.
It’s called queerbaiting because it involves attracting (baiting) a queer audience in order to appeal to the gay dollar and the queer views, without actually following through.
In Franco’s case, it’s slightly different, but the premise is the same. Is he titillating and/or enticing gay people for hits?
But he does seemingly only shag women
Yep, as far as we know, Franco has only banged girls, which means he’s not gay. Shocker, eh?
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He also starred in biopic ‘I am Michael’, which tells the controversial true story of gay activist Michael Glatze, who rejected his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor.
Last year, the actor, director-turned-poet released a book titled ‘Straight James / Gay James’.
The synopsis for the book reads: “Franco writes about life as an actor, sexuality, questions of identity, gender, family, Gucci, Lana Del Rey, James Dean, and Hollywood.
“His poetic style varies from the imagistic to the prosaic. The chapbook also contains an interview of ‘Gay James’ conducted by ‘Straight James.’
“Yes, Straight James asks the question: Let’s get substantial: are you gay or what?”
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1. Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas has been dogged by queer-baiting accusations for much of his solo career, and for all his protestations, he probably only has himself to blame. After all, he has made repeated gay nightclub appearances, he once said he “can’t say” if he has experimented with men, and he claimed a gay sex scene on Kingdom qualified as gay sex.
The bulge-grabbing singer actually addressed his queerbaiting allegations in 2014, telling , “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I think it’s unfortunate that some people have to find a negative in every situation. Clearly my heart is in the right place, and more than anything, if they just looked at my life and my gay friends and the authentic nature of where my heart is, they’d just see that they’re kind of ignorant.”
2. Tyler Posey
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In 2016, this Teen Wolf heartthrob posted a Snapchat of himself posing on the corner of Gay and Christopher Streets in Manhattan, proclaiming, “This is me. I am this and this is me. I’ve never felt more alive. I’m gay!”
Amid Internet outrage, and amid his publicist’s claim that Posey was perhaps saying using “gay” in the “happy” context, Posey apologized.
“I am a big proponent of love over hate, and standing together during divisive times,” he tweeted. “Although I’m not gay, I fully support the LGBTQ community. This was a moment intended to reflect that. And everyone, I am truly sorry to the people I’ve offended or lessened how big coming out is. I just want to spread love in this world.”
3. James Franco
For a “straight” man, Franco seems awfully obsessed with the gay experience — releasing a book titled Straight James/Gay James, interviewing his gay persona for a web article, playing gay characters in films such as Milk and I Am Michael, directing a documentary about his efforts to reshoot the deleted X-rated scenes from Cruising, and even saying he’s gay “up to the point of intercourse.”
In response to Franco’s “relentless courtship of gay readers,” called it, out comedian Billy Eichner“the Rachel Dolezal of gay people.”
4 & 5. t.A.t.u
The Russian pop duo behind “All the Things She Said” only kissed for their music videos, it turns out, and they did so apparently at the insistence of their manager at the time. “He made us out to be lesbians when we were just singing for lesbians,” singer Lena Katina said, per BuzzFeed News.
Julia Volkova, the other half of t.A.t.u., charmingly revealed she’d condemn a gay son during a 2014 Russian television interview. “I believe that a real man must be a real man,” she said. “God created man for procreation.”
There are definitely some hypocrisies. “Gay media” and plenty of people on social media talk a lot about and promote fluidity, the romantic/sexual/emotional/relationship spectrum, not being defined by sex or sexuality, sexual freedom, experimentation, identity needing to become less socially important, being with and loving who you truly want to be with and love, etc. But it’s often just BS and lip service. It’s far more about pushing agenda and social politics, specific identities, wanting “representation”, trying to please every demo and offend no one and of course, for everyone involved, it’s about money, fame and notoriety.
Yes, there are definitely some celebs who try way too hard to appear “queer” or try too hard to aim for pink coins and attention. And hell, almost every supposedly edgy female pop star over the past 30 years has claimed to be legitimately into girls while still maintaining a pretty hetero image. But ultimately, if people stop going crazy over any semi famous person who suggests that they might be 100% hetero and also stop fawning over every dude with a six pack who’s “gay friendly” then this stuff wouldn’t be much of an issue.
It’s very easy to be gay friendly without gay baiting.
It’s like tv shows, all want the gay publicity without deliver any real gay storylines.
You don’t need to push the “my sexuality is fluid maybe i’m with a man in a future” to have gay fans, specially with the i’m not 100% straight came with a lot of publicity of your new girlfriend.
And even worse, the i’m practically a gay man because the guy llikes musicals and Rupaul’s drag race. Give me a break.
ARe you gay friendly? perfect, wants gay fans? even better but there are better forms to get them, because in the end these things end backfiring
It’s the entertainment industry. Most of those people are not entirely, completely hetero or homo from a romantic/sexual/emotional/relationship standpoint or at least they’re willing to “experiment”. And many do what they have to do for fame, attention, money, cultivating an image. So, this type of stuff is just another Thursday at this point. It is funny how they avoided criticizing all the female pop stars who have done this over the decades. I’m guessing it’s because most of them have large gay followings.
So of the 6 examples (there are only 6 because tAtu is double counted): 2 are actually bisexual, 1 is included because he performed his music at a gay club, and 1 is included because of a single silly Instagram post, which he immediately clarified and apologized for. So the only real examples are James Franco and a musical group which was popular 15 years ago.
The hypocrisy is on the gay community and gay media we swoon when a “straight celebrity” gives us the time of day. Conversely the gay community gets upset when it become painfully obvious that said “straight celebrity” is only pandering to the gay community for self-promotion. Celebrities gay, straight, questioning, bi, DON’T GIVE A [email protected] about the gay community!!! Celebrities always have been and always will be self-serving. Love and respect yourself you will happier in the long run.
That’s where I’ve been the last several years. People in entertainment often chirp about progression and freedom, but ultimately, very few are willing to make real sacrifices or say something that will genuinely shake up “the system”. They often just re-iterate the same ol’ politically correct and cliched phrases on their social media and in interviews and keep it pushing. The fact that there still aren’t any anywhere near A-list male actors who legitimately, publicly and unabashedly date guys, the fact that the most popular and industry supported openly gay male singer (Sam Smith) has a de-sexualized image and makes music that’s ambiguously homo-romantic/homo-erotic at best, the fact that most out famous or semi-famous guys are far more interested in posting shirtless pics of themselves on vacations than actually discussing and promoting real issues with any real depth, the fact that there still aren’t any non-closeted dudes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, professional tennis, etc. – it’s all a hint that as a whole there just aren’t many fvcks given.
Almost all of these people are driven by their own interests only. And trying to appeal to any “community” is often more about public image, attention and ego boosts above anything else. While most of this “ally” stuff is just hollow nonsense. People need to get and understand all of this stuff, move on and stop biting on the bait.
DonstonWe also just need to stop being so damn obsessed with everyone’s identity, attractions and sexual behaviors. Being “gay” will never be cool. But being “queer”, “gay friendly”, “sexually subversive” or ambiguous does gain you some cool points in certain groups and always has. The reality is that unless a celeb truly and really wants to love and receive persistent affection from and be with someone who’s not the opposite cis gender of them they’re likely to maintain at least a mostly hetero public image dipping into public “queerdom” when they see fit.
I will say that James Franco stands out from the bunch and is the only “baiter” that legitimately bugs me and is problematic. He represents the worst type of supposed “ally”. Persistently dating and dumping teen girls. The assault and exploitation allegations. His hollow obsession with “gay culture” where he pretty much sees “gay” as a synonym for constant partying, drugs, being outrageous and guys getting it on with a lot of guys. He’s never spoken out concerning any real causes and doesn’t seem to understand the affection, emotional connection, romantic passions, relationship contentment aspects of “gay”. (He’s hyping intercourse when there are gay identifying people who aren’t even that into homo intercourse). I honestly doubt he even “likes” women, though he’s unlikely “gay”. The dude is just an overall creep. I hope he’s gotten the help he obviously needed.
As far as I know, not one of these celebrities listed have done anything that would cause a young gay person to commit suicide or suffer mental anguish. Now contrast that with the countless comedians and professional athletes who have said and done homophobic bigoted shtt.
He tried to get a teenage girl to come to his hotel room…
Remember the time Franco got caught luring a teenager to his hotel? I sure do. In 2014, a 35-year-old Franco messaged a 17-year-old fan on Instagram and tried to convince her to come to his pad. The teenager, a Scottish girl named Lucy, met Franco at his Broadway show Of Mice and Men during a trip to New York City and took an Instagram video with him. Franco apparently told Lucy to tag him in the vid. She did, and Franco began messaging her on the app asking her age, where she was staying, if she had a boyfriend and if she wanted to meet him at a hotel. Franco later admitted to the exchange on Live with Kelly and Michael, calling social media “tricky.” You know what’s not tricky Franco? DATING WOMEN YOUR OWN AGE.
Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?
Hey James Franco, nice #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn’t exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!
He “plays gay” for fun
Franco likes his sexuality to come across as a question mark and makes super problematic statements about it. Franco has played gay characters in films like and I Am Michael, fine, but he has also repetitively made comments about being “a little gay” and has used his sexuality as a means to keep people guessing. (For the record it doesn’t matter if Franco is gay, straight or bi; it’s his queerbaiting that isn’t cool). Speaking with Vulture in 2016, he said people care about his sexuality because he’s a “celebrity” and made a WTF statement. “If your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I’m a gay cocktease,” he said. “It’s where my allegiance lies, where my sensibilities lie, how I define myself. Yeah, I’m a little gay, and there’s a gay James.”
Adding fuel to the queerbaiting fire, Franco interviewed HIMSELF for FourTwoNine in 2016, resulting in an article titled, “The Straight James Franco Talks to the Gay James Franco.” Straight Franco asked gay Franco if he was gay, to which gay Franco replied: “I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay.” Um, how about how MOST PEOPLE DEFINE IT.
Honestly, how does this dude have like a bajillion university degrees???
Franco Has Been Linked To Other Women Before Isabel
From 1999 to 2004, James reportedly dated actress Maria Sokoloff whom he met for the first time in 1999 in the course of the filming of the movie “Whatever It Takes ” and not long after, they began dating. They remained together for the next five years but eventually parted ways in 2004.
In 2006, he got involved with Ahna O’Reilly and they were also together for five years before calling it quits in 2011. While they were together, the duo never made any comments about their relationship but they appeared as a couple on the red carpet and other social events. Meanwhile, also in June 2006, there were rumours that the celebrity actor was dating Sienna Miller, an English actress.
Franco was linked to a number of women in 2011. According to reports, he dated Agyness Deyn, a British model, actress, and singer, for some months that year. There were also rumors that he had a fling with the Italian fashion designer, Riccardo Tisci. He was again rumored to be involved with actress Anne Hathaway and Klaus Biesenbach, the Chief Curator at Large at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
The year 2012 was no different for the actors with regard to speculations about his love life. While he was said to have been involved with Ashley Benson, whom he met on the set of “Spring Breakers” and dated from October 2012 to sometime in 2013, James Franco was also rumored to be involved with Italian TV personality, Roger Garth as well as actress Amanda Seyfried with whom he shot the 2013 movie “Lovelace”. According to reports, James and the latter took their on-screen love relationship to the real world.
In 2013, their speculations that James was romantically involved with actresses Kristen Stewart, Emilia Clarke, and Kelly Baugher. The latter first became friends with the star actor online before they eventually knew each other when Kelly was looking for a job. Although ten years younger than James, the duo dated for some months in 2013.
The following year, rumormongers at different times peddled the news that Mr. Franco was involved with Lana Del Rey, Scott Haze, and the Los Angeles-based model, Erin Johnson.
A filmmaker in his own right, Franco has produced, written, and directed a number of movies. Some of his recent works include “The Masterpiece” (2016), “Mother May I Sleep With Danger”, a reboot of the 1996 Lifetime drama which featured lesbian vampire lovers, and more. He has also worked in technical roles as a director in the movies “The Disaster Artist” and “Interior. Leather Bar.”, as a producer/executive producer in the films “King Cobra” and “The Interview” respectively, and as a story creator in the film “Palo Alto”.
In May 2011, James Franco debuted as a dance-theater director with the performance titled “Collage”, which is a mixture of dance, poetry, music, and theatre. He is also credited as the director of the short films acted for R.E.M.’s songs “Blue” and “That Someone Is You“. Continuing his filmmaking career, Franco put together a 1hr. 30mins. docudrama called “The Broken Tower”, which focuses on the life of Hart Crane, who took his life in 1932.
According to The Numbers, Franco has directed 13 movies (and counting) all of which made a combined total of $18,475,005 at the domestic box office, $8,046,727 at the international box office, and $29,268,046 at the worldwide box office. He is also credited as a producer in 9 films that garnered $128,765 at the domestic box office, $102,037 at the international box office, and $230,802 at the worldwide box office.
The actor has also worked as the story creator of four movies, screenwriter of three movies and executive produced three movies all of which made a combined total of $1,189,315, 52,958, and $12,358,805 respectively at the worldwide box office.
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He’s also been linked to plenty of other women, including Sienna Miller, Amanda Seyfried, Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, Lana Del Rey, Agyness Deyn, and Lindsay Lohan – the subject of his short story for VICE.
Over the years, James Franco has been accused of queerbaiting to promote his popularity, appropriating gay culture, and ‘playing gay’ for fun or exploitative reasons.
It has been suggested that he’s fluid, in denial, or afraid of using the gay label.
The only thing that’s patently clear is that Franco is teasing us about his sexual narrative. Why, then, has he gone so silent following the recent accusations, when he’s been so happy to discuss his sexual orientation previously?