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A Critique of James Franco’s Very NSFW Semen Art

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James Franco, the great provocateur of our time, has given our brains something new to chew on, and it’s his new work titled “50 Shades of Batman and Robin.” The seminal work contains two Facebook photos on the theme of S&M Batman, and it’s getting rave reviews in the comments.

Earlier in this article, I made a hilarious joke by referring to the photos as “seminal,” (see above). You see, while the photos are going to hugely important when historians look back at early 2000′s art, they are also seminal because they contain seminal fluid. To use some jargon from my days as an art history major, Franco went ahead and jizzed all over a batman mask. Eat your heart out, every contemporary artist ever.

Here’s the photos (it looks like either Franco or Facebook took down the second photo, but Dlisted snagged a screen shot).

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james franco batman semen 2

I’m confused on a lot of aspects of this piece, but then again, it’s not really a successful art piece unless it challenges you in some way. I wonder if that’s actually semen, or if he mixed corn starch with water or similar to get that elegantly draped effect. Then again, this is James Fucking Franco, a beacon of artistic integrity and authenticity in this world of fakers and phonies. I feel comfortable saying that this semen is legitimate, just like that harness he ordered offline (but where did the costume come from? Spencer Gifts? Can you imagine him telling his assistant “I need a Batman costume. For art.”).

I, for one, am very moved.

Photos: Getty Images, Facebook

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    Wah, even after that warning, I wasn’t fully prepared to see that.