James Franco Takes Full Responsibility For His Publicity Stunt Instagram Scandal Like A Brave Hero

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As if there was any question that James Franco‘s Instagram scandal from yesterday is a PR stunt, he went on TV this morning to talk about it. I literally cannot wait to see what stupid project he’s planning and promoting with this bullshit.

In case you missed it, a conversation leaked yesterday between Franco and a seventeen-year-old girl identified as Lucy. In the awkward messages–at first over Instagram and then texting–Franco tried to arrange what looked to be a hook up, offering to rent a hotel room and repeatedly asking her age. His aggressive flirting style was pretty uncomfortable and embarrassing. None of it seemed remotely real.

Franco showed up to Live With Kelly and Michael this morning to continue the charade, bringing up the “scandal,” with some poor acting skills. You guys all see through this, right?

“I’m embarrassed. I guess I’m just a model about how social media’s tricky. It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned–I guess just because I’m new to it–is you don’t know who’s on the other end. You meet somebody in person–you know–you get a feel for them, but you don’t know who you’re talking to. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson. Unfortunately in my position, I have a very good life. But not only do I have to go through the embarrassing kind of rituals of meeting someone, but if I do that, then it gets published for the world so it’s doubly embarrassing.”

Then Kelly Ripa congratulated him for his bravery.

Look, if this is real, which it isn’t, it does seem embarrassing and awful. Although there’s a collective revulsion about Franco trolling for a 17-year-old, 17-year-olds can consent in the state of New York, so had this progressed it wouldn’t have been illegal. But it’s not real; it’s just a PR stunt for some forthcoming project about, let’s see, “how social media’s tricky.” Franco will play all the characters, including a Her-like Siri type who tries to connect with a non-smart phone.

Photo: Live with Kelly and Michael

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    • JLH1986

      Considering his new movie Palo Alto he makes out with Emma Roberts it could just be a way to promote that movie since, minus Spiderman, his movies aren’t exactly blockbusters.

    • Tom

      What a useless article

    • RobertAKeller

      Franco will play all the characters, including a Her-like Siri type who tries to connect with a non-smart phone. http://qr.net/sgp9

    • Crayzcheshire

      “I’m new to it” (social media) UGH! get real.

    • Holly

      The pictures he sent her…the look on his face really, really bothered me. I can’t even explain why or what that look is, but it made me extremely uncomfortable.

      • http://toyboxkiller.tumblr.com/ Cate

        Right there with you, and it was that look that made me think actually the whole situation might be real.

    • Char

      Def a PR stunt. This guy is not new to social media and even if he was, this is a guy who has various graduate degrees from distinguished institutions. He can’t act like Instagram is the platform that broke him.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      The thing is, it most likely was real, and he did it in the first place knowing that because he’s known for pulling pranks like this, the media – like the author here – would just call it a publicity stunt, when the reality is he was picking up a teenager for sex. If that’s the case, then imagine the “heh heh heh, I got away with it!” going on in his head right now.