Jen: Drew, why are you so mean to famous people?
Drew: Whenever I am asked this question, I think back to a very famous line from David Brent in ‘The Office’: “How can I hate women? My mum’s one.” My mom isn’t a celebrity, but I spent a lot of time imagining my parents were famous as a child, so I feel a certain kinship to A-listers. I don’t hate them, I just feel like they should be called out on their ridiculousness, as we all should.
Jen: Does it seem like a fair trade for the perks awarded celebrities? I mean, I think I’d hate being really famous because typing in your own name into google and reading about how awful you are does not seem like a fair trade for free designer dresses. But maybe it is! For some people?
Drew: Celebrities don’t deserve to have their lives under a microscope, but, then again, they also don’t deserve to make millions selling their baby pictures. I think we’re talking about a certain type of celebrity who is constantly berated in blogs and Page Six, but not all actors or actresses are Lindsay Lohan or James Franco. Some of them lead private lives, which is a trade-off because I’m sure it means less exposure and Vanity Fair blowjob pieces. Beyonce is a great example: no matter what’s written about her, she’s untouchable. And she’s lovely, so no one wants to take her apart, because they’d look like an asshole.
Jen: I think James Franco is a dick, Drew. For no good reason. I just kind of feel that way. That said, I am saying that without ever expecting him to hear my comment because I constantly forget that these conversations don’t just occur in my head. I would feel terrible if he wrote me a note saying I hurt his feelings.
Drew: Well, my very first Crushable post was about James Franco coercing NYU students to reenact gay sex scenes for his student film, so I’ve been on this story for awhile.
Jen: Right. He is absurd. Maybe just because society has said this is someone who I should care about, even though he’s a total stranger, I would take his condemnation more seriously than I might that of a regular, non-famous person.
Drew: It’s actually now something I can cross off my bucket list: getting James Franco to respond to my criticisms of his ridiculousness.
Jen: So, this is a win?