James Franco tells it like is and it seems in doing so, he's called Hollywood out. In print! Celebrity comedy roasts are, by nature, a little uncomfortable...and hilarious, but the roasting of James Franco was more than a little uncomfortable. While he is straight, Franco is no stranger to playing homosexual male roles (most notably in Milk and I Am Michael). That being said, he found the plethora of gay jokes slung during his 2013 Comedy Central Roast unsettling. Check out a clip here (NSFW):
He told the UK's Independent:
“It’s weird,” ...“I was a little shocked, I didn’t write those jokes [at the roast], they did. I didn’t make any gay jokes. There is still a little bit of homophobia. I think part of it-
when I do films with Seth, it’s more playing on straight male anxiety about any sort of same-sex interaction. To me, that is really a comment on a larger anxiety and not really anything about denigrating or criticising anything about the gay community.”
Kudos to you James Franco, for calling the writers out and to the mat for this one.
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