James Franco Slams Gawker Over 'Homophobic Scoop' On Alleged Live-In Boyfriend
James Franco took Gawker to task on Facebook and Instagram over a piece that ran Wednesday titled "James Franco Is Living With A Man."
The article calls into question Franco's platonic or not-so-platonic relationship with his Child Of God leading man and longtime friend, Scott Haze. Gawker cited a New York Times article on Franco and Haze by Jacob Bernstein when writing:
Besides their artistic ventures, reporter Jacob Bernstein points out that Franco and Haze “met about a decade ago when they were acting students in Los Angeles,” are “so close that describing them merely as friends would be a disservice,” and are “sharing an apartment in Brooklyn this summer.” And here’s the kicker:
By now, it was 12:30 a.m. and Mr. Franco was clearly fading. An assistant pointed him and Mr. Haze to two waiting town cars. Mr. Franco expressed surprise, since they needed only one. “We live in the same place,” he said.
But theirs is the kind of relationship—somewhat ambiguous, seemingly gay, probably romantic—that almost always sends The New York Times into a bizarre moral panic. Remember Marty Peretz and “his assistant, a 26-year-old former I.D.F. officer”? Or Anderson Cooper’s “good looks, high spirits and glamorous adventures”?
Sounds like they could just be roommates, no??
For his part, Franco responded to the implication that Haze was his live-in boyfriend, posting on Instagram and Facebook:
He always has a sense of humor about these things--even as he continues to provoke the discussion and stir the pot.
What do you think, Instincters? Was Gawker's piece homophobic? Thoughts on Franco's response?