James Franco apologizes for scrawled bitchy message using scrawled nice message

James Franco got a lot of press yesterday for a bitchy photo he posted responded to some mild criticism from Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch on his poor turn at hosting the Oscars this year. Instead of ignoring it as he should have done and realizing that responding would only bring more attention to the fact that he blew it as a host, he posted a photo on Twitter with a scrawled caption for Vilanch mocking him. Well Vilanch responded to Franco’s response to his criticism, and basically said that he wasn’t just ripping on Franco out of the blue and that his words were taken out of context. Then Franco put up a photo of Vilanch’s response wrote “Thank you” with MS Paint on top and added “sorry for reading stupid blogs,” as if it’s the bloggers’ fault that he’s a petulant bitch.

Following what seemed to be an attack on his hosting performance by longtime Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch, a vengeful James Franco tweeted out a graffiti’d photo mocking Vilanch’s career.

The photo can be seen here; the crux of Vilanch’s comments is:

“I don’t think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it. I think he thought he would kind of … I don’t know what he thought. I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it. But it’s outside of those guys’ comfort zones. The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, ‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened … ‘ Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories.”

Turns out, Vilanch didn’t quite mean what he said maliciously; in a message to Franco, he claimed that he actually defending his host. It reads, in part:

“i was JOKING with this guy on the red carpet about all the sleeping jokes about you. he then got vehement about how bad you were and i was trying to DEFEND you. i don’t know what version, what context you read these remarks in, but believe me, i would never diss you. that’s not my style.”

It was an apology that Franco accepted, and he tweeted a photo of the message and his response, which calls out dumb blogs. Breathe easy: all is right with Hollywood.

[From Huffington Post]

At first I thought Franco’s response was nice, but then I thought about it and realized that he wasn’t taking responsibility at all for being a whiny baby about it. He has reasoning skills, he can read someone’s comments and decide whether to be offended or not without taking the editorial part at face value. He didn’t even bother to write any kind of explanation when he took offense or later when he tried to apologize and is instead scrawling on photos like the passive aggressive dick that he is. I used to like James Franco and I forgave him for screwing up the Oscars, but he’s on my sh*t list now.


Photos of Franco from the Independent Spirit Awards on 1/26/11. Credit: WENN.com



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  1. Rita says:

    If I was incharge of the Spirit Awards I would not be handing out bronze statues of bats with their wings spread.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Maybe I’m wrong, but didn’t you have another article saying that it wasn’t his fault the writing was so bad for the Oscars and that he was doing the best he could?

  3. mln76 says:

    James Franco please give everyone a break. Just concentrate on school for the next six months. Don’t do any social media, don’t do and interviews. You are rapidly descending into Jon Mayer territory.

  4. Zelda says:

    So, he admits to reading blogs about himself.
    Hipster fail, James.

  5. jen34 says:

    I feel sorry for the first journalist that asks Franco about his Oscar gig. He’s going to explode. James needs to acknowledge that it didn’t go well and move on. Obviously he can’t let go. And, frankly, I didn’t think Vilanch even slagged him. The boy has to grow up.

  6. Hollowdoll says:

    hhhhmmmm….james you confound me. Pull yourself together. It’s like he never had a childhood and is living his 2nd childhood. James should not be on twitter. His brain to mouth filter is broken.

  7. Mimi says:

    Why, Why, Why do I continue to love this man despite the obvious douche factor? Oh well. At least he tried to apologize. Even if it was kinda half-ass. That’s a start, right?

  8. Laura says:

    My crush is officially over.

  9. Zelda says:


    Mine too.
    I’ll still have sex with him, but he has to leave right after.

  10. Str8Shooter says:

    That first pic he looks like the dude from EraserHead.

    Dude, comb your friggin’ hair and next time you’re hosting something the whole WORLD is watching, at least PRETEND you give a fuck!

  11. Maria says:

    @Zelda @Laura c’mon guys… is just James Franco – he was probably stoned out of his mind when he did that. I’d still bang him but yeah he would have to leave after, LOL!

  12. Eve says:

    @ Zelda:

    So, he admits to reading blogs about himself.
    Hipster fail, James.

    Not only that, but that bloggers can get under his skin and hurt his “feewings”.

    The more I read about him, the more I can see he’s very very immature.

    And Zelda, make sure to leave enough money for him to take a cab — and if he makes noises while preparing to leave…do not f*cking move, pretend you’re asleep until you can hear the car leaving. You wouldn’t want him hanging around, I’m sure.

  13. Someone Else says:

    Please. I’m a rampant stoner and I’m so tired of pot used as an excuse for a$$hole behaviour.

    He is what he is. A spoiled whiny little bitch who desperately needs to grow up (and maybe get his butt kicked).

    Oh, and in my thirty years of practice I’ve noticed that pot generally makes people spacey. If any drug has a tendency to make an a$$ out of someone, it’s alcohol, but even I wouldn’t blame someone’s behaviour on the drug.

    You’re either responsible for yourself or you’re not.

  14. Hollowdoll says:

    I agree 100% with someone else.

  15. Ally says:

    My pay-per-view channel keeps bombarding me with 127 Hours promos, and it’s driving me crazy. I will never order it and Franco’s smirky face is visual nails-on-a-chalkboard.

    Him and Katie Holmes should have a smirk-off.

  16. Anti-icon says:

    I’m glad he apologized and I like Bruce Vallange — he’s been a constant good egg all these years. Now we can all move on to violent, criminal celebrities. LOL

  17. piedlourde says:

    Hey, give the guy a break, will you? His jaundice has obviously taken a toll on him.

    (Snark. How people can find Franco’s sickly yellow complexion, stoner grin and puffy eyes alluring boggles my mind. Also; subtract 100 points for the John Mayor douche factor.)

  18. nikki says:

    Wow what a jerk, I mean, defending yourself when you felt like the writer of shitty material was throwing you under the bus by saying it was you who made it shitty. AND the audacity to defend oneself in a clearly joking manner by making it in MS paint! And then when the writer of said shitty material actually says that his comment was taken out of context and sounded rude and James thanks him for telling him that! OMG Franco, you have some nerve.

  19. Zelda says:


    Or else you just know he’d try to make you “breakfast” (ie ruin an omelet which he never knew how to make in the first place, and then mea culpa with mangled toast)leaving an insane mess for you to clean up. While you did that he’d read the worst parts of the paper and bitch loudly about the problems of the world before you’re even fully awake.

  20. Flan says:

    He’d better just have it die down.

    I think the problem is, he knows he made the wrong choice by hosting the show and is now cursing himself for it, which makes him nervous and lash out at others.

    He was doing well after 127 hours, but all that positive buzz died with the Oscars night

  21. grace says:

    lol ITA, what a huge jerk! O.O

  22. Eve says:

    @ Zelda:

    Or else you just know he’d try to make you “breakfast” (ie ruin an omelet which he never knew how to make in the first place, and then mea culpa with mangled toast)leaving an insane mess for you to clean up. While you did that he’d read the worst parts of the paper and bitch loudly about the problems of the world before you’re even fully awake.

    Nuh-uh, that’s your problem, my dear. I’m not one of the “would hump and dump France” girls. I was just giving you some advice just in case. :)

  23. Eve says:

    *I meant “I’m not one of the ‘would hump and dump Franco’ girls”.

  24. Becky says:

    When does James Franco have the time for this silliness? You hear so much about how busy is he is getting his Phd, acting, writing, working on art projects, etc. I guess he’s not too busy to read (and respond) to stuff about himself online. He really comes off as a pretentious, whiny douche.

  25. ordinarygirl86 says:

    Does anybody else find it extremely childish that James is going around scribbling insults on photographs and posting it on the internet for the world to see? I mean what are we 12…if his panties are in such a twist then he should be an adult and confront these people face to face! He didn’t even apologize to Bruce properly!

  26. Victoria says:

    he’s james fucking franco. he can say whatever he wants. plus, everyone was talking shit about him at the oscars. i thought he was amazing. he was laid back and anne hathaway was realllly hyper, so it balanced out. & james came out in fucking drag if you didn’t laugh at that you have no soul.

  27. #owenwilson carrying a baby in the Baby Bjorn while gettin it done at the santa monica steps today! #welldone #Hansel