James Franco got an NYU professor fired for giving him a “D” grade

Remember when James Franco was just a quirky young actor on “Freaks and Geeks” and “General Hospital” and everyone loved him because we didn’t yet realize what a pretentious twit he’d show himself to be? Yeah, it’s been a long time since then, and these days, Franco is convinced that everything is AAART (even his butt), and we’re pretty much all puppets in some performance art production directed by — who else? — Franco himself.

And boy, does Franco have a temper if anyone dares to cross his artsy-fartsiness. Between his Twitter tantrums and the fact that he skipped his own Oscar party like a poor sport, Franco is fairly insufferable as a rule. Also, remember how he wanted a role in Breaking Dawn but only as performance art? Well, the filmmakers turned him down, and he just happened to review the film and rip it into shreds, probably because he was grumpy about not being able to make it worse by running across the screen with a penis attached to his nose or some such nonsense.

Now and according to the NY Post, Franco has turned his wrath upon a poor NYU professor who dared to give him a bad grade for barely attending class even though Franco still expected a great grade. Well, of course he should’ve passed — he’s James Franco, right? C’mon, it’s AAART:

James Franco’s tired James Dean act got an NYU professor booted from the school last year – after the teacher dared to give the overhyped Hollywood hunk a “D” for blowing off class, a lawsuit charges.

José Angel Santana said he slapped the 127 Hours star with the bad grade because he missed 12 of his 14 “Directing the Actor II” classes while pursuing a master’s in fine arts.

Santana said he then suffered all kinds of drama – first from Franco, who publicly ridiculed him, then from his department, which axed him over the “D.”

“The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure,” Santana, 58, told The Post. “The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.”

Santana, who is suing NYU in Manhattan Supreme Court for his job back, asserts that Franco, whose career took off after a 2001 portrayal of James Dean, acted like a rebel without a clue in his other courses, too, blowing off just as many classes. But the star’s other professors at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts still gave him good grades, Santana said.

Big names such as Franco’s typically translate into big bucks for universities.

After his student gig, Franco, 33, wound up teaching an NYU course this past fall on adapting poetry into short films.

Santana suggested that the good grades Franco received were payback to the actor for hiring one of his other professors, Jay Anania.

Franco hired Anania to write and direct the film William Vincent, which starred Franco, the suit states. The film was featured at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

“In my opinion, they’ve turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy,” Santana said.

Santana also blasted the graduate film department chairman, John Tintori, for allegedly creating a conflict of interest when he appeared in a cameo in a film financed by Franco and written and directed by Anania, the court records reveal.

Neither Anania, Tintori nor a spokesman for NYU returned calls for comment. A rep for Franco had no immediate comment.

And Santana griped that Franco got it all wrong when, speaking out about his grade, he asserted that the professor had a problem having a celebrity in his class.

“I did the work,” Franco told Showbiz411.com last year. “I did well in everything else.”

Santana’s lawyer, Matthew Blit, a notable employment lawyer, said Franco was trying to cast the prof as a fool for giving a Golden Globe-winning actor a bad grade.

[From NY Post]

Ugh, Franco is such a tool. This is all pretty rich for a guy who once fell asleep during a lecture at Columbia University. Why does he believe that he’s too good to attend class like any other grad student, and how come the professor is paying the price for calling him out on his crap? From what I recall (and it’s been a handful of years for myself), attendance is a pretty big deal in graduate and professional programs. My undergrad professors didn’t care at all whether people showed up, but my law professors actually went down the roster every day, and some of them even deducted half a letter grade for every absence. So by that standard, Franco actually got off lucky with a “D” grade because at least he still earned credit for the course instead of flunking outright.

Then again, holding a poor GPA isn’t AAART.

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  1. truthSF says:

    What a moronic sonofabitch!!

  2. Skinnybetch says:

    It looks like the cameras caught him mid fart in the last picture.

  3. lucy2 says:

    He skipped 12 of 14? He should have outright flunked. What a jackass.
    All his self-hype about how he does a million things at once – I guess this is how, by not actually doing any of it.

    • hatsumomo says:

      I know! 12 out of 14?!!? Jesus, I missed three days of one class(out of my sheer fault I admit) and when the instructor told me if I missed one more day she was gonna drop me;you bet to high hell I made it one time for the rest of the semester!! and it was a community college! To show up for only TWO classes means he prolly got there by accident the first time and used the second day for sleeping! Damn ingrate! I hope the instructor gets his job and Franco gets his ass handed to him.

      • pwal says:

        Fcuk yeah.

        No matter if it’s a university or community college, you should get an F for missing that many classes. And given that it was an acting class, hell yeah, his @$$ needed to be there. Imagine another student pulling that with chemistry lab or something.

        And I know, in some cases, the prof can drop the student, especially if the class is in high demand.

        Franco is supposed to be an adult; if he knew that he couldn’t make it, he could’ve dropped the class or ask for an incomplete. Or do an audit – he wouldn’t get any credit, but the profs don’t get in your @$$ as much if you skip class, although there some who will.

        And finally, if Franco didn’t think that class was that important, since he’s been in movies and daytime T.V., take that $h*t up with an academic advisor; don’t d*ck around with the prof because your curriculum isn’t ‘right’.

      • Ursaline says:

        An interesting article was written about this subject by one of JF’s profs from Yale. He actually defended Franco’s work ethic and cast doubt on the side of the guy who got fired.

        http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2011/12/james_franco_at_yale_franco_s_professor_speaks_.single.html

        Perhaps there was supposed to be some kind of agreement that worked with scheduling requirements using teleconferencing or something and the prof decided not to count it as being present? Franco’s personal assistant manages his schedule and communicates with professors and work associates as a regular part of the job. It seems highly unlikely that he would or could ditch that many times in a semester and not be concerned with the instructor having a problem with it.

        I once told a grad prof that I would have to miss a single Friday of class for my own wedding, and she asked straight-faced if I could reschedule the ceremony. It’s an understood fact in upper level academic programs that the prof has the control and the students are expected to accommodate in whatever ways are required.

    • RocketMerry says:

      I don’t understand, is it mandatory to follow the lesson in US Universities? Can’t a student do the exam at the end of the course if he does not attend? I’m confused. It’s not like this in Italy.

      • Naye in VA says:

        I dont know if NYU is state funded or not, but state schoold require attendance because thats how they earn their money. If no one attends class what are they paying you for. The teacher in any school can decide whether attendance is a part of the grade or not. If this teacher stated in his syllabus that is was then he has every right to flunk Franco. If he Surely there were in-class participation grades, and in class quizzes that counted towards his grades. And if he missed whtem, without a good excuse he cant make them up. That Final exam is probably what got him the “D” instead of an “F”

      • RocketMerry says:

        Oh, that’s much clearer, thanks.
        It’s very, very different from the Italian University: most classes are free, you can attend or not, and there is usually only one big examination at the end of the course, generally both an interview and a timed written task (open answers), sometimes debating a personal essay is asked in place of the written part.

  4. GoodCapon says:

    Does he even take his degree seriously??

    Also, isn’t it a bit unprofessional to have one of his professors and his department chairman collaborate with him? He’s one of their students, after all. It’s probably how they make ‘connections’ but somehow it just doesn’t sit right with me.

    • fancyamazon says:

      I don’t know how the rules in NYU read, but that is completely unethical. I hope his professor (Santana) gets satisfaction. And a lot of cash too. I don’t like it when people sue everyone for every little thing, but if this is all accurate it is completely ridiculous and he deserves compensation and a public apology from the university. Anything coming from Franco is worthless anyway.

      • DarkEmpress says:

        Yes I agree with you! Many people are sue-happy! They sue for any and everything. This former professor, however should be doing exactly that.More than suing NYU for his job back, he should be suing NYU and James Franco for megabucks! While he is at it he should sue James Franco’s mother for inflicting the world with this pest! Kids like James Franco, come from parents who continuously tell them they are the best at any and everything. James Franco has always been an overrated pompous Jackass! Jack of all trades- master of none!!!

  5. Marjalane says:

    Insufferable, pretentious, artsy fartsy, prone to tantrums. Yep, pretty much covers it.

  6. the_porscha says:

    I cannot believe the levels his insufferability can reach. This really pisses me off. For every James Franco buying his way into an upper-level program, there are 10 more people who would die to pursue further education in their chosen fields and can’t – because they can’t afford it, because they don’t stand out enough, what have you. It’s sad to see someone with the opportunity and means take advantage of it and then waste it. All education is a gift and privilege, although Franco seems to think otherwise.

    • Faye says:

      I agree one hundred percent. It’s an insult to serious students at NYU, students who were rejected from the graduate program, and serious students (like myself) working hard to get through school everywhere.

      It’s one thing for him to behave the way he does, it is completely another for the school to allow it. Do they really need a big name like James Franco to get students? No. There will always be students eager and willing to attend. Kowtowing to someone who clearly doesn’t care is pathetic and low.

    • Bria says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth. What a douchebag.

  7. Lizzie says:

    If he really did get the guy fired for giving him a D, then he’s the worst kind of douche.

    But this really does put Franco’s awesomely awesome academic awesomeness in a different light, doesn’t it?

    If he only has all those academic honours because the universities wanted a famous name attached to them and were willing to lower standards to make it happen…

    …Maybe he’s – whisper it – not nearly as smart as he thinks he is?

  8. hmm says:

    I don’t know who this Franco guy is. BUT professors and teachers are obnoxious, they consider themselves as harbinger of students fate and have humongous god complex. Good on this guy for getting one twit fired.

    • fancyamazon says:

      People pay a lot of money to have professors work them hard and hold them to a high standard. That is their job, to be demanding. Also, I think you are trolling, at least I hope you are.

    • Lizzie says:

      Srsly?

      I believe that the entire higher education edifice is unbelieveably currupt, and even that tenured professors* can be horrible.

      (*On a side note, did the professor have tenure, or was he adjunct? That could change a lot of things.)

      But, IF Franco did what he’s meant to have done, it’s the worst kind of behaviour. No justifications.

      • The Original Mia says:

        Heard he was an adjunct.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        ‘Even’ tenured? I’d say especially tenured. I’d wager that the clowns let a students favours wash over them were tenured and I’d eat my hat if Santana were tenured–he was dismissed, wasn’t he? Sometimes tenure can be the worst thing that happens to a anyone who happens to be in tenure’s wake. When you think of how all-but-impossible it is for a professor to get the danged tenure you think, ‘Oh, you lucky lottery jag’. Then you realize that for a few it’s viewed as carte blanche and in some sad cases the power-tripping, unengaged, chuckle-headed professor gets the idea that your job as a student or non-tenured colleague is to ‘take it’. If they take that route, you’re screwed. If Franco were some punk kid of millionaire board of trustees alumni and not a ‘name’ actor, this wouldn’t have made it to the papers and Santana would be sifting through the classifieds, to say nothing of the crap students have to swallow, sometimes. After a point,
        post-secondary school is more about staving off mental or physical or financial collapse than it is about being the smartest, which isn’t even a value judgement, it’s just a change. Higher education: enlightening, exhausting, souring.

    • weeble says:

      Not all professors are like this. some of us care about our students and our research. However, all the students who think profs have a god complex usually make the worst students in my experience. It seems Franco is self entitled and probably deserved his grade. It would have made sense for him to drop the class, since he wasn’t going to attend, and that is his responsibility, regardless of whether or not his prof has a horrible personality, is a know it all or whatever.

      • me!! says:

        Agreed! You are no longer a child when you are in university, and academics need not coddle you. If you are in my class and don’t want to show up, that is fine. It is your money, waste it if you will, and you are more than entitled to drop the class. But if you stay, then take responsibility for your actions and wear your failing grade like an adult.

      • Cat says:

        Agreed. From the get go, it says it is up to the student to drop the class, not the teacher. Just like it’s up to the student to get a good grades. I’ve passed all my classes with an A in spite of terrible professors, so get the fuck over it or stfu.

  9. Launicaangelina says:

    I used to really like him but when story after story like this one keep coming out, I just just think he sucks.

  10. hi says:

    the teacher sounds like a excuse filled loser to me. it is hard to fire a teacher, and it seems this 58 yrs old teacher hadnt as yet obtained tenure, even at his advanced end of career age.?

    • Lizzie says:

      Not getting tenure at 58 means nothing.

      The university labour practises are so unfair that getting tenure is basically like winning the lotto. Nice, but it’s not a reflection on your worth whether you do or not.

      Universities are reliant upon cheap adjunct teachers, who get no benefits, are de facto paid less than the minimum wage and have no job security.

      It’s possible that they simply didn’t renew the professor’s contract – which they are entitled to do for any or no reason. That would be very hard to change, even in court.

      Most people are disillusioned with being adjuncts by their mid to late 30s, so it’s unusual to see a 58 y/o who has stuck it out. But please don’t act like it’s automatically his fault that he doesn’t have tenure.

      • Seal Team 6 says:

        It has been almost impossible to get a FT tenured professorship for decades. I work as an adjunct to make a bit of extra money, and to have it on my CV, and the pay is meh, and there’s no benefits or job security. Meaning, little punks like Franco buying a degree can use promises of money, etc. to get someone fired.

        Plus, NYU is a private school, so they function under a different employment system than the SUNY schools.

  11. LeeLoo says:

    I’m an archeology grad student and this BS would not fly in my program. Personally I think the teacher was unethical for not failing him outright but that was probably due to the school telling him he could not flunk James Franco. My experience is similar to BH’s except for every class you miss you lose an entire letter grade.

    How pretentious does James Franco think he is to be able to get away with crap like that? I’m glad this professor is standing up for himself on this issue. NYU needs to quit sucking it up to celebrities and treat them like real students. It’s blantant favortism and definitely shows conflict of interest. It’s one thing when cutti g the line at the movie theatre but when when it comes toeducation that bs does not fly in real life.

  12. NM9005 says:

    D for Douche, sounds about right.
    Franco probably will consider any backlash regarding his personality and behaviour as “suffering for his art”. He and Gaga can start a club and hand out badges and flags.

    As for the professor, he’s right. If Franco wants to do a gazillion things to prove himself but simply fails attending the classes for it, then why should people give him a pass? There are students who work their butt off and attend every class to show how dedicated they are so why shouldn’t Franco put in effort? Because he’s a celeb? Good example for a university to show students that it doesn’t matter what effort you put in, as long as you have connections, visibility and money they will let you off the hook because it benefits them. Wow, they should be ashamed of themselves. If I were studying there, I would protest.

    Co-sign with Leeloo too.

    • LeeLoo says:

      I wonder how long James Franco would last at a state school? I have no doubt that at my university his nonsense would not fly. I watched a student get expelled for trying to bribe a professor for a better grade.

      • NM9005 says:

        Here in the UK they seem to be more lenient. Sure, they’ll like you more if they see your face every lecture but in the long run it wouldn’t matter so much if you didn’t show up every time (my friend skips a lot of classes).

        However, in Leuven (Belgium) the university and college is strict! If you show up for an exam (oral) and they don’t recognize you, they just send you away. Also stories from my highschool teachers about students who didn’t dress properly when attending exams and at the least got a side-eye :D . Brussels is way more relaxed.

        I guess it depends which school, which area etcetera… but since NYU has a good reputation, they should at least try to keep that image up and not let this kind of foolery slide. In the end, they achieve the opposite, bad press and a tarnished rep.

      • Seal Team 6 says:

        I thought the same thing: he’s getting away with this because it’s a private school.

      • Lizzie says:

        I went to a state school. They didn’t care if you attended lecture, although they advised it.

        What they cared about was what you said in your papers and exam questions.

        I don’t think this is a private/state college divide. I think he’d have had his backside kissed in a state university – if, that is, he deigned to grace on with his presence.

      • L says:

        I think it’s less about the private vs. state school and more about the program itself. I also think it’s about how much money Franco can bring in. That’s going to be the same at any kind of university. Donors are a big thing at every university.

        I went to GW for my MA (they are private) and you better believe my teachers were hard core about going to class. And you pay your tuition at the beginning of the semester, so they don’t care if you are there or not.

        I went to a land grant public big 10 school for my PhD. And the teachers are the same.

  13. Akula says:

    What a tool (Franco). That’s all I really have to say about this.

  14. NotaBitterBetty says:

    He really is a pretentious, smug jackass.

  15. stephanie says:

    i had no idea you were a lawyer, bedhead. or are you a reformed lawyer?

  16. madpoe says:

    You skipped 12 of 14 classes and you’re wondering why you’re not the teacher’s pet. Glad to see some peeps have respect for their career and can not be bought by this butt munch!

  17. Seal Team 6 says:

    What an ass. And, for those of us who have gotten graduate degrees, but actually showing up and working? Major pissed off.

    Also, to have faculty work for/with him while he’s getting a degree? Unethical at best.

    These actions really take away the luster of having a Film degree from NYU, because it shows how easily one can be bought.

  18. sarah says:

    I’ve always jumped to his defense because he’s hot and I do like him in movies but this is pushing it. I can’t defend this.

  19. LindyLou says:

    His professor just gave him a D for Douche. I don’t see a problem with that! lol

  20. Talie says:

    This definitely solves the mystery of how he could be in so many programs at once. He basically never attended classes. Great…

  21. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Best line of article: “..acted like a rebel without a clue.” LOL

  22. Victoria says:

    All of my under grad professors counted attendance as 15-25 percent of your grade.

  23. Bobby sue says:

    Disgusting. Still the chubby kid he always was trying to prove to himself that he’s not a useless human being. Sorry James. You’re not handsome, intelligent or talented. Sad for you.

  24. eva says:

    This URL lists him as a ‘visiting associate of arts professor’. I’m not sure what that means, but is that more like a short term contractor type job, rather than an employee of the university?

    http://gradfilm.tisch.nyu.edu/object/AngelSantanaJ.html

    I’m wondering if they are both pretentious divas. I am not defending Franco (he has always annoyed me) but what sort of a visiting professor goes to the media with this sort of beef, when they were more of a short term contractor. Something is not right on both sides and they both seem immature.

    • Bedhead says:

      The “visiting professor” could mean a lot of things. I had one once who came back every spring semester. It was just that, for funding purposes, my university only had a certain amount of full professor slots, so some get classified as visiting and float between two universities.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      When I was doing my undergraduate work, I had professors who floated between two or three universities. I don’t know every single convoluted title the schools gave them to work out their funding logistics, but we always had to call them ‘doctor’ (oh, did we ever). At any rate, I don’t see what’s so immature about not failing a student and getting miffed for losing a paycheque over it.

      I missed a class and a half in one course over an ear, nose and throat infection, gave prior warning and had a doctor’s note, handed in the due assignment and got knocked down to a B+ over it. That’s graduate school: punishing and unfeeling. It just is. So don’t get sick. Unless you get REAAALLLY sick like I did later on. If that happens, you might as well get some paperwork together and enjoy it, because if you’re that far gone, you’re not going anywhere. That he still got to pass when he missed, what–86% over his classes? Man, I’ve got to become a rich, rich, rich-o, huh?

  25. theaPie says:

    What an obnoxious piece he is!! Can someone please make this man go away?

    As an aside, I once received a C in a class because the professor swore that I was never in class, though he never took formal attendance. But I was there every day. I always sat in the same spot, across from my friend who got an A. I did all the work too. It was the most bizarre thing. It really upset me because I was a strictly A/B student and very diligent about my responsibilities. But he just sat there shaking his head at me, even when I asked him if he would believe my friend Jane if she told him I was in class every day.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Ugh. There’s one (at least) in every department. I’m sure that when you (very fairly) asked for the proof of your ‘transgressions’ that didn’t exist, Professor LazySmug made some bogus declarations about asking for ‘special treatment’. Some people don’t realize that the ‘don’t make up things and then whine and get vengeful when someone has something valid to say about it’ ideal goes both ways. Some people’s kids.

      • theaPie says:

        To make matters worse, he had loaned me a lovely hard cover book that was no longer in print to use for my final project and I lost it. Really and truly lost it. I have no idea where it went and I feel terrible about it to this day. I’m sure he thought I stole it to punish him for my C.

  26. Nanz says:

    I’m in graduate school now. If you miss 3 classes, you drop a letter grade for every class missed thereafter. End of discussion. Even this rule seems lenient to me considering classes only meet once a week. If you miss a class you miss 2 weeks worth of discussion and information.

  27. Daniel says:

    “D” is for “Douchebag!”

  28. Valerie says:

    I am guessing that a class called “Directing the Actor” in a private MFA program would be a small seminar kind of class, which would involve collaboration with other students. In fact, why don’t I just look it up: http://www.gradfilm.tisch.nyu.edu/object/GFMTV-GT.2115
    It seems that I’m right: “Students will practice guiding the specific actions by leading actors in both group and paired improvisations.” So it seems much of the class involves actually being there and working in class. You don’t just turn in papers and take exams. If he really wasn’t there 12 times, he should get a D or fail. He had the guy fired because it’s bad for his PR, and it’s bad for NYU’s PR as well, that they’re accepting a student like Franco who doesn’t show up for classes, and even having him teach. Good for the professor for speaking up. It can’t be easy to file a lawsuit like this. And for the record, there are plenty of adjuncts in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond because practically 50% of most universities run on adjunct labor. There just aren’t as many full time positions as there used to be. In a professional program like this, it would make sense that there would be adjuncts of all ages, since it’s cheaper for the program to hire them, and in film, people probably go back and forth between projects and teaching.
    I just decided to look him up: he’s not an adjunct but a visiting assistant professor. That means he’s not tenured, but he’s probably getting paid a full time salary for a position that lasts one to five years. http://gradfilm.tisch.nyu.edu/object/AngelSantanaJ.html

  29. quelish says:

    Speaking as a graduate school professor, even regular, non-celebrity students expect this kind of treatment. It’s rather disheartening.

    • Faye says:

      Awful! You made it to grad school, don’t you have any idea what’s expected of you yet? In one of my 300 level courses this past semester a lot of students got bent out of shape because they felt the first exam was “unfair” and that a lot of the questions on it weren’t discussed in class. First off, they were, my prof listed each and every time she mentioned something, and second off, she even made us a study guide, which is pretty much the best gift a professor can give you. I was so surprised that even after several years in college that they still didn’t understand how it goes: you WORK for your grade and there are ways to do that. Did you get assigned a textbook along with chapters to read? Read them. Does the instructor talk about stuff that isn’t necessarily on the power point? Put it in your notes. Were you lucky enough to get a study guide? USE IT! Go to office hours, ask other students, on and on and on! It irritates me so much when students expect to be spoon fed. If you receive a grade that is truly unfair for whatever reason, that’s one thing. I have heard horror stories about professors who delight in making everything a Herculean task and seem to love it when students struggle. (Luckily, I’ve only had one professor that was kind of like that.) But to blame a professor for failing to do what is expected of you…oh that is my pet peeve.

      Ok end of rant.

  30. Krill says:

    Tell NYU’s president what you think of this ridiculous situation…

    john.sexton@nyu.edu

    http://www.nyu.edu/about/leadership-university-administration/office-of-the-president/bios/john-sexton.html

    You could also email anyone on this list, the faculty at the Tisch School of the Arts, where NYU’s graduate film program is located.

    http://gradfilm.tisch.nyu.edu/page/faculty.html

  31. HoustonGrl says:

    I’d like to know why he missed the classes, did he have a film conflict? Did he have a special distance-ed agreement with the school? If so, did he indeed complete all his work, but simply couldn’t attend class? I feel that some profs do give you an unusually hard time in grad school, they can be sadistic. I once had a professor bitch me out for winning a prestigious fellowship, just because I never told her I applied for it…i feel that in a graduate arts program, there probably needs to be some flexibility given the nature of the work…I’m giving Franco props for pursuing a degree since he obviously doesn’t need one with the wealth and success he’s already achieved.

    • Faye says:

      I don’t know about NYU but at the college I attend, if you have a long term engagement that will result in you missing a lot of school, you can file for basically a sabbatical. That way you don’t lose your place and your absence from school isn’t held against you. Once you’re done, you can come back and pick up right where you left off. So if he did have scheduling conflicts, my guess (and like I said, I’m not sure about NYU or their graduate program’s allowances of this nature) is that he could have put in for a hold on his studies until he was ready to pick back up again.

  32. sabine says:

    Franco’s weird turn on GENERAL HOSPITAL has me scratching my head, too. He barely has any screentime and when he does, it’s bland and mediocre and i have to ask “so what” ?

  33. KsGirl says:

    I remember pulling this during undergrad – did the reading and the assignments but blew off class. My prof actually emailed me and pointed out that a percentage of the grade was attendance/participation. So I showed up to the last few classes and did some extra work (and I was lucky to get that option – he could have legitimately effed up my GPA). If Franco was D-ed because there was a stipulation to actually show-up, and he didn’t, then he deserves it, the end. I recall one of my little sister’s friends getting a C in a class she needed an A in, and she, at 22 years old, had both her parents go to the dean of students and basically demand that she be given the A. She was.

    It’s too complicated to get into in this thread but the entitlement of some students these days, and the required subservience of faculty (esp., as mentioned, adjunts who have no job security) is gross.

  34. PIzzazz says:

    He’s sure wrinkly for a 33 yr old….

  35. Reece says:

    Why I went to New School. :-)

    Sounds like this would be a participatory class. Can’t really direct if you aren’t looking at the person. Completely siding with the prof on this.
    If, IF he needed to be away from class then he should have been the responsible adult and worked something out with the school.

  36. skuddles says:

    Seriously??? A Professor gets canned for giving a famous douchebag a D – a grade he totally deserved?? Actually, he deserved an F or an Incomplete for only attending two classes. I read somewhere that Franco felt the Prof just couldn’t handle having a famous student … a total effing joke considering he barely showed his face in class. If I were one of his classmates I’d kick his whiny, spoiled bitch ass. D for douche!

  37. NO SH¡T says:

    Boohoo who gives a f–k if a professor got fired!
    Dude will another job you think James Franco is losing sleep over dude get fired?! please he could careless

  38. E says:

    James Franco annoys the shit out of me, but I’m not sure I buy this whole thing. The guy was a visiting arts professor at NYU (basically means they had the option to hire him and they didn’t). He has a PhD from a diploma mill (Pacifica Graduate Institute) in Mythological Studies (LOL). Basically, this professor does not have a legit degree from a legit school. A PhD from Arizona State would hold more weight, so I have no idea how the hell hew as teaching at Tisch in the first place.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Tisch obviously thought he was good enough to hire. He’s not going to have one argument and everyone will suddenly realize ‘Oh yeah, I guess he’s not a professor after all. You know who wouldn’t look stupid for having hired him in the first place? Us.’
      I don’t think a school is going to keep a professor that they already hired around for an extended amount of time, pay no attention to anything that he’s actually doing there or how other students respond to him and say one day, ‘Oh, we just decided your credentials don’t exist. Neither does your CV, resume, recommendations or publications. Yeah, we didn’t bother to check out any of those things before we hired you. Shame on you. We’re also going to make sure that no one is allowed to refer to the PhD that you earned because the bad press that we’re getting now means we have to cast aspersions on your education for good measure so that your entire reputation is ruined and no one ever takes your work seriously. I’m sure you understand our position and are contrite for the crimes that you’ve committed against this institution.’ What changed between his hiring and firing? One powerful student got mad at him–that doesn’t violate the validity of what he did to get to his position, this is one case with one greivance involving one student. Judge that. You can’t say, ‘You’re not allowed to host the Oscars because Freaks And Geeks was overrated and it got cancelled halfway into its first season.’

  39. It is ME!! says:

    Wow, this story makes me feel sooooooo much better knowing that I went through two tours of Iraq just to finish a bachelor’s degree. I even showed up to class, and earned the A’s that I got! I didn’t know I could just not show up, and expect A’s anyway- let alone doing any of the work assigned! Silly me, I forget, I’m not James Franco.

    He can f–k right off. You get the grade you earn, fool. And you didn’t even earn a D.

  40. E says:

    Anyway, I’m sure that people will continue to trash Franco, but as I noted before he didn’t get the guy fired. A guy with a diploma mill degree in Mythological Studies has no business being a professor, much less at NYU. Trash Franco for legit shit that he does, not this.

    • Seal Team 6 says:

      You are being extremely disingenuous. The professor’s professional biography is very impressive. That is why they hired him, not because of his graduate degree. They have actors and writers who don’t even GEDs teach classes like this.

      And, in addition to his extensive professional credentials, his BA is from the University of Vermont.

    • Seal Team 6 says:

      From NYU’s website:

      Courses

      Area Head, Directing Actors 2nd Year, Directing Actors
      Education

      B.A. Mass Communications, University of Vermont, Professional Training for Acting, Directing, and Teaching – The Neighborhood Playhouse, student of Sanford Meisner; M.A./Ph.D. The Pacifica Graduate Institute – Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology
      Biography
      José has originated leading roles in world premiers of works by some of our most important international contemporary playwrites: three world premiers of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s works: “The Blue Hour” directed by Mr. Mamet, at Joe Papp’s Public Theater in New York City; “Edmond” directed by Gregory Mosher at Chicago’s Goodman Theater and in its OBIE Award-winning production, at Provincetown Playhouse; and Mamet’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”, with Oscar Nominee (Fargo) W.H.Macy. He originated leading roles in Academy Award-Nominee – REDS – Trevor Griffiths’ “Real Dreams” directed by Mr. Griffiths and opposite Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, at the ! Williamstown Theater Festivl; in Joe Cacaci’s “Self Defense” directed by Arvin Brown, at the Long Wharf Theater and Off-Broadway; in Eduardo Machado’s “The Modern Ladies of Guanabacoa” directed by James Hammerstein, at Ensemble Studio Theatre; and the title role in Felipe Santander’s, Casa de Las Americas award-winning play, “El Extensionista” directed by John Dillon, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

      Among his many featured roles in film and television, he received critical praise for his heartbreaking debut performance as “José – the Junkie” in Sidney Lumet’s “Prince Of The City” and is remembered as the “strange Boutique Owner” with Madonna in “Desperately Seeking Susan.”

      Dr. Santana is a Co-Founder and original Drama Director of City At Peace, Santa Barbara where his focus had been to create a safe place for young people to express themselves without fear of judgment; trying to “fix” them; or spending much time trying to figure out “why” things are the way they are. In 1999, for his work with “City At Peace,” he was recognized as a Santa Barbara “Local Hero.” He is the creator of “Youand: The Art of Mutual Understanding” and founder of Actors In Training.

      Member: Screen Actors Guild, Actor’s Equity, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. He is a lifetime member of New York’s Ensemble Studio Theater and his aim is to make a vital contribution to the community in which he lives.

    • sassenach says:

      I don’t see how you Franco stans can keep glossing over the fact that he missed 12 out of 14 classes. This particular course required in class participation from it’s students.

      Trashing his degree and experience won’t change the fact that Franco CLEARLY had a conflict of interest with hiring his professors for his movies.

      • bitca says:

        Tisch has pretty much zero credibility anyway these days; kudos to the prof who flunked this a-hole. Hwood actors tend to have an inflated sense of entitlement, but Franco’s is Goodyear-Blimp sized. Everything I have read about him on Celeb|bitchy makes me glad I’ve never contributed to his income by watching him on TV or film. But AM curious about backstory—how did he get to be such a jerk?

  41. Allons - y Allonso says:

    What a douche bag! I went to uni and did my undergrad and masters i and worked really damn hard to do well! It’s people like him that make a complete mockery of the university system.
    Franco, I don’t care who you think you are but It seems to me like you have 2 options:
    1) stop being a dick hole, get the guy reinstated and go to class like the rest of us plebs or;
    2) drop out and let someone else who didn’t get into your course, whose place you have taken and let them have a go! I’m sure they’ll be willing to put the time in.

  42. weeble says:

    This does annoy me. Also, a C or below I grad school essentially means you flunk the course. And he deserved that D, based on attendance alone. As for the issue of tenure, achieving it is hard and does not have an age limit. I’m a professor and I work exclusively with graduate students, and believe me the entitle douche bags who expect special treatment take away from the value of the degree and the overall quality of a field. If Franco wanted a degree that badly, he could have purchased one from any random diploma mill.

  43. Turtle Dove says:

    On TMZ, they asked the Prof. if he talked with Fraco about his attendance.

    I was eye rolling that one hard because why should a Prof. talk to an adult student about attendance? How does a Master’s candidate, an individual who’s supposed to be working towards mastery in their chosen field of study, not possesses intellect that informs them that attendance and good grades go hand in hand.

    Team Prof. all the way.

    • Seal Team 6 says:

      As I always tell my students the first day of class (and I do),”You’re all adults. I will treat you all as adults, and expect you all to act like adults in return.”

    • Original Chloe says:

      I’m in a grad program and we were basically told at the very beginning: if you’re busy doing other things, or have responsibilities and reasons to be elsewhere, you should decide what it is that you want more, a Ph.D. or those things. Otherwise you’re just sh*tting over all the hard work other people are putting into their degrees.

      My take on it is that Franco wants a Ph.D. for bragging rights (he’s not really planning an academic career, or is he) and he’d prefer it to be handed to him on a platter.

      I might backtrack from all this Franco criticism if the story is debunked but for now – if it walks like a douche and it quacks like douche, it probably is a douche

    • whatevs says:

      this. he’s not a first grader, what should the prof. do, contact his parents and call them over to talk about their son’s unwillingness to participate? how ridic. you know there are many people who would want to be in franco’s shoes and actually attend there for the sake of education and profession.

      • Turtle Dove says:

        Well…it’s not an awful lot of work for him because he’s not ‘actually’ doing any work.

        Post-secondary education, especially at the Masters and Doctoral level, requires more than 14% effort, which is the time that he spent attending.

  44. SCREEEE says:

    DOUCHE! WHY must he ruin his hotness with his f*ckery?!

    However, come ON! Everyone who’s ever been to college or even highschool has fallen asleep in class. Just saying.

    • jwoolman says:

      I never fell asleep in class either in high school or college or five years of grad school. Actually, I only recall seeing one person sleep in class, it was someone who was overdoing the extracurricular activities his freshman year and not doing well in his classes. Where did you get the idea that it was so common? In college and grad school, they’re paying a lot of money ( and delaying their income producing years) to work through those courses. Would you hire a personal trainer and then sleep through the sessions? Go do something else if you think it’s so boring and stop wasting other people’s time pretending to be a student.

    • Seal Team 6 says:

      I never did, I never saw it, and I’ve never had a student fall asleep in my class.

  45. The Bobster says:

    The only professsor with integrity is the one who gets canned? It figures. Well, that’s one reason why I never went into teaching.

  46. JuliaDomna says:

    He is a horrible person.

  47. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    I’m with the teacher if this story is true. In my experience my professors in University work hard and expect the same from their students. I’ve seen more assholes students than I’ve seen bad teachers and my guess is Franco is used to having his ass kissed.

  48. whatevs says:

    i think the prof. should get a hefty rise for this. shame on the uni for kissing the ass of a self important no talent douche for the sake of money

  49. Sakota says:

    Either way, tow out of fourteen classes is pathetic. He should have made more of an effort and this is why I will almost never take entertainers seriously if in fact they treat schools and degrees like PR tools. Natalie Portman got a degree in psychology but never uses it, the Olson twins treated NYU as a joke and PR move, while hardly bothering, while other celebs really don’t treat school like a school, but instead treat it like a playground for their latest drama filled lives.

    If the story is true, then Franco quite possibly ruined a man’s job and jobs are difficult enough to find these days. Given the apparent portfolio of the professor, it is quite possible that this professor expected attendance and Franco didn’t want to do it, he wanted to skip classes, then get a ‘better’ grade despite barely pulling his weight.

  50. Flan says:

    If this is true, NYU does not deserve to be called a university.

    Bend over backwards for celebrities? America should take a good look at itself and find the meaning of university again. It’s a centre of LEARNING, not a place where celebrities and football ‘stars’ should special treatment for anything but academic excellence.

    Most disgusting thing I’ve read on this website for a long time.

  51. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I still would bang him. But my only request would be for him to keep his mouth shut!!! Than go make me a sandwich ;-)

  52. Penguin says:

    He should b grateful he got a D. In Britain if u don’t attend a percentage of classes you fail ur course no matter how good ur work is or who u are. He s put alot of weight on, is it for a film role?

  53. Callumna says:

    Sue like the wind, professor. A “D” was mucho kind.

    And I do not like this guy. When what you do is this unimportant you should at least be bearable. Since he thinks porn stars are good actors, yes that’s his intelligence level which will help prove his “D-ness” in any court, may his career also be just as long as one of theirs. Snap.

  54. Ginger says:

    Franco is physically attractive and I like creative people…HOWEVER…that is not an excuse for missing 12 out of 14 classes and then expecting your teacher to give you a good grade even if you did the work as he claims…you have to BE THERE! I worked my buns off to put myself through school and earned my masters. I was always there and sacrificed so much to earn my grades and graduate with honors. People like him give education a bad name. If he was truly dedicated to his education he would show up and NOT fall asleep…that’s what No-Doze and black coffee are for!

  55. Jacqueline says:

    Um seriously James Franco is not THAT famous. NYU must be poor. If I saw him in the streets, I’d walk right by. The school shouldnt have the right to interfere with what a teacher decides. I went to Haravrd and MIT and I knew there was A LOT of grade inflation but I did suspect the school meddled in student affairs. But I never heard anyone formally complain