James Franco attacks Yale student journalist on Twitter

Did you know that James Franco was on Twitter? He is. And he’s so “artsy”. He’s so “deep”. He twit-pics photos of poems. FOR REAL. And he also twit-pics photos of himself, Portraits of The Artist As A Douchebag. Anyway, “The Artist” has yet to rise to his own defense in the wake of his stoned, lazy, pathetic performance as co-host of the Oscars. His rep issued a statement the other day, but Franco hasn’t said anything, or tweeted anything… until a student journalist at Yale wrote a piece mocking Franco’s Twitter (not his Oscar performance). So Franco tweeted this (NSFW language):

So, so clever. Here’s more from PopEater:

James Franco who joined Twitter just two weeks ago to help promote the Oscars, is now using the site to defend himself against haters — namely a fellow student at Yale — who skewered him not for his maligned performance on Sunday, but for his style of tweeting.

“James Franco, your Twitter sort of sucks,” Yale Daily News writer Cokey Cohen posted Saturday. In her article, Cohen argued that the actor should do more than post “random links to pictures and replies to celebrities.” The writer suggested James be more “pithy” like Kanye West.

The critically acclaimed star of ‘127 Hours’ has so far been silent on criticism he was sluggish and even stoned during the Oscars on Sunday. He also hasn’t commented on reports that he and co-host Anne Hathaway grew to hate each other. (They looked chummy backstage!) But on Tuesday, James posted an image of himself overlaid with the words “F**K THE YALE DAILY NEWS” in red capital letters.

Cohen told The New Haven Register that her critical blogs of the star’s posts were “tongue-in-cheek” and that were supposed to be all in good fun. She says she’s actually a big fan of the actor.

“It’s funny how James couldn’t really care less about what anyone had to say about his performance, but went crazy after a writer at his campus newspaper criticized his Twitter page,” a friend of the star tells me.

I’m told that James had simply “had enough,” that it’s one thing to be called one of the worst Oscar hosts in history but another to get a lesson from a fellow student on how to conduct himself online. In case you were wondering, James is pursuing a doctorate in English at the Ivy League school.

[From PopEater]

The student journalist gave an interview where she said that her pieces about Franco were “tongue-in-cheek” and that she and Franco were just responding to each other all in good fun. I think for her it might have been fun or funny, but I wonder if that was Franco’s goal. I really, really think that Franco thinks his whole life is Performance Art, and that the people who criticize him just don’t “get” ART and how BRILLIANT he is. Douchebag.


Photos courtesy of Franco’s Twitter.

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  1. Helen says:

    I really really liked him once. Now, not so much. Douche. Nuff said.

  2. sassenach says:

    Anyone notices how David Duchovny and Angela Basset and others in Hollywood have completed post graduate studies but they are not full of themselves like this doughebag?

    If I remember right David Duchovny left his doctoral studies because he got a great part and has even had work published. I am tired of everyone acting like Franco can act any way he wants because he went to FILM SCHOOL. No, he is just an ass.

  3. whitedaisy says:

    A doctorate? What is he trying to prove? And to whom?

  4. Melanie says:

    The Yale chick is named Cokey Cohen and he couldn’t come up with a better retort? He is too stoned! Come down off your bongity high horse Franco!

  5. maria says:

    I still like him.

  6. jen34 says:

    He’s taking himself way too seriously. One of the things I originally liked about him was his lack of pretense. I suppose he feels over-exposed and under-siege. That photo of him sleeping annoys the sh!t out of me. It’s too bad that a fellow student felt the need to take that photo. James is not the first person to fall asleep in class. He’s probably wishing he were a bit more anonymous right now.

  7. mln76 says:

    He’s turning into Jon Mayer.

  8. Tammy says:

    Lainey has reported that Franco is getting PAID to tweet.

    It’s just another job and this controversy is just to bring attention to his twitter.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Totally agree, Kaiser. He needs to just back off for a while or something.

  10. Lisa says:

    I still like him too @Maria

  11. Melanie says:

    Lucy2, I read your comment and thought you said he needed to jack off for a while. LOLOLOL!

  12. Bailey says:

    he needs to stay off twitter if he is going to try to defend himself, and not get emotional. there is a lot of crazy unstable people on there, and you can’t reason with crazy.

  13. eja102 says:

    The Yale writer’s comments that Franco should be more “pithy” like Kayne, that was sarcasm, right?

  14. tracking says:

    Good god, I feel for his professors…

  15. Jenny says:

    I still love him. Haha.

  16. Sakota says:

    Stupid actors are ruining our Ivy Leagues. How many of these idiots actually USE their degrees and I would LOVE to see the criteria by which they get accepted.

  17. Hollowdoll says:

    I still find him funny although, yes, sometimes in a douchey way. But hey, we can all be douchey sometimes. Be in a bad mood, have an off day, snap at someone. I am glad I am not under a microscope like he is. I realize not everyone sees things the way I do and has the same sense of humor.

  18. Isabel says:

    Damnit, I love James Franco. He is NOT the new John Mayer. At all?!?! I don’t even see a comparison in how they use social media…

    He is versatile and funny. He’s smart and quirky. So what?

  19. Syko says:

    I love him, can’t help myself. Yes, I did know he’s on Twitter cuz I follow him. I’m also his friend on Facebook. 😛

  20. funny_girl says:

    What’s wrong with actors getting further education? Education is never a waste, even if the specific degree isn’t used. He’s probably getting a phD in English as a backup, just in case the acting career doesn’t pan out.

    I like him. I mean, sure he’s a bit of a stoner but he’s achieving a lot more than more stoners..phD at Yale, actor, hosting the Oscars..give him a break 🙂

    And I’m not just saying this cos he is hot!:)

  21. Bubbling says:

    You people think that with writing just how big of a douche he is, you can just get me not to wish his dong any more. But I still do! HA! Gosh, I do really hate this misunderstood great artist of our day,that are so deep and profound our small minds can’t even begin to phantom the sole depth of their existence. If he didn’t have the looks that make my lady bits feel tinglish I wouldn’t know what to do with him…

  22. LolaBella says:

    Meh,Twitter is a breeding ground for douchebaggery; I’m not surprised by this.

    More importantly…is COKEY this woman’s real name??

    Who in their right mind names their child Cokey?

  23. devilgirl says:

    I don’t see the big deal here. *shrugs*

  24. mln76 says:

    @Isabel. I am talking about his apparant inability to STFU and just let his talent speak for itself. I am talking about the unnecessary famewhoring(Yes I consider crazed Twitter rants in the spirit of Kanye famewhoring). I actually like Franco and I don’t even care that he bombed at the Oscars (tons of people have bombed at the Oscars) but he needs to give the public a break he is making me tired.

  25. Nancy says:


  26. Deev says:

    Thanks to his Funny or Die videos, I can’t bring myself to hate on James Franco. The video where he and his brother reenact a scene from Rebel Without a Cause is the funniest thing ever.

  27. Bunny says:

    Wow, what an intellectual retort. Yale should be proud. He sooo full of himself, with no goods to back it up.

  28. Dizzybenny says:

    male version of Lady CaCa people!
    everything they make is ”art”!
    i do also every morning but instead i flush it down the toilet, i dont record it or put it on twitter.

  29. Cath says:

    “He’s probably getting a phD in English as a backup, just in case the acting career doesn’t pan out.”

    Good call.

  30. Steph says:

    Hahah people keep saying that he is “taking himself too seriously”. I think the media is taking him too seriously; he just doesn’t give a sh*t. I mean, if your day job was broadcast to the whole world and you had a bad day, people would probably be calling you a douche too.

  31. Kat says:

    DOUCHETASTIC. Too bad there’s not an Oscar for that. Can you imagine how many times he’d win?

  32. K-MAC says:

    ok, I like James Franco for standing up for himself…

  33. Mairead says:

    But he posts pics of kittehs on his twitter! You’re obviously a dog-person Kaiser! 😛

    And for heaven’s sake, she told him to be more like Kanye; that deserves an FU if ever anything did.

  34. Sweetiedog says:

    After reading all the terrible things said about Franco at the Academy Awards, I watched my Tivo of it expecting a frightening display. Instead, he was just James Franco. He was just simple, no acting, seemed okay, nothing special. I had no sense of “poor” Ann” trying to “carry him.” They did just fine for who they were. It was just mediocre pablum which was what they were told to do. They worked within the framework they were given. I am easily a critic and don’t laugh except at the darkest things. I was not shocked. The Oscars are always pretty boring no matter who does them. Even Jon Stewart. He was not stoned. His eyes were clear in close up. Unlike poor Gwyneth who seemed to close her eyes incessantly to signal true feeling. I felt bad for her. That performance was embarrassing.

  35. grazi says:

    What is more ridiculous for me in this whole story is somebody writing a report telling him how he should use his freaking personal page.
    And so because he is a Phd candidate he is not allowed to write F*ck or whatever? I am sure if he had answered using big words, you guys would be criticizing him for “pretending” to be intellectual/writer. As I said, he now is the chosen one to be criticized no matter what.

  36. Natalie says:

    You guys are always knocking Franco! He is way too beautiful and cool and you are so jeal.

  37. Anon73 says:

    love to see him and Portman get together, when she’s done with Ballet K-Fed. Franco and Portman seem like birds of a feather ; -)

    and of course by birds, i mean ARTISTIC, INTELLECTUAL, & IVY LEAGUE birds. not that there would be *any* doubt to their amazing brilliance and offerings to LIFE or ART, natch !

  38. nikki says:

    hahahaha this made me love james franco even more.

  39. Ale says:

    What an idiot, he really isn´t anything special to begin with,

  40. Camille says:

    Can’t stand him, he’s a dickhead.

  41. Solveig says:

    poor kid, he does believe his own hype, doens’t he?
    Well, I still like him because I still believe he’s genuinely self-absorbed in what he thinks is art, and in what he thinks is an artist. It’s like watching a kid who tries hard to do something, and despite the fact that the result is not as good as the kid thinks, he’s still extremely proud of his work.

  42. Mary Jane says:

    @sassenach: David Duchovny? Really?? THANK YOU!!! I love bookworms…

  43. Claire says:

    He is still very good looking

  44. Hammer says:

    Jen34: “One of the things I originally liked about him was his lack of pretense.” Whaaa…? He’s as pretentious as they come.

    mln76: “He’s turning into Jon Mayer.” Looks that way.

    Bailey:”he needs to stay off twitter if he is going to try to defend himself, and not get emotional. there is a lot of crazy unstable people on there, and you can’t reason with crazy.” Him included.

    Tracking: “Good god, I feel for his professors…” MTE!

    Ale: “What an idiot, he really isn´t anything special to begin with,” For real.

    Natalie: “You guys are always knocking Franco! He is way too beautiful and cool and you are so jeal.” Uh….no.

    Bunny: “Wow, what an intellectual retort. Yale should be proud. He sooo full of himself, with no goods to back it up.” Truth.

    Camille: “Can’t stand him, he’s a dickhead.” Agree.

  45. aenflex says:

    hmmm…sweet or sociopath?

  46. sandra says:

    I still like him too. I think the material sucked at the Oscars and while he didn’t try – he wasn’t there to be a song and dance man anyway. So why try when you’re just delivering crappy material. I applaud him for going to school and improving himself. Beats the heck out of 16 yo millionaires with no idea of the world outside of Bev Hills. Has anyone ever seen him acting like a trained puppy? The Academy got exactly who they hired to host.

  47. Kipiture says:

    Rory Gilmore would be PISSED to see that picture.

  48. Crash2GO2 says:

    I see he still has that chin pimple.

    That is all.

  49. Zelda says:

    CAn we retire the word “douchebag” already?
    It’s so tired and 00’s…

  50. Newbie says:

    LMAO@ Ballet K-fed! I must be out of the loop, cuz I’ve never heard that one. Awesome.

    Mmmm…David Duchovny….

  51. normades says:

    “Portraits of The Artist As A Douchebag” lolololol – a Joycean reference on a gossip site. Perfect for the context.

    I still like him too. Just saw 12? hours and for a movie about a guy that cuts his arm off Franco was able to carry the film.

    And he was pure gold in Pineapple Express.

  52. eternalcanadian says:

    Too funny.

    James did the best he could with the lame monologues the writers wrote for the Oscars. He could have done without those Marilyn dress-up and white unitard skits. James isn’t a comic like Billy Crystal, and unfortunately he really didn’t have any chemistry with Anne (who was quite annoying several times waving her arms around). As for James’ tweets, I’ve seen them and they’re just ordinary. I’ve seen way worse, including mine. 😛

    Also lolz @ that picture of him asleep in class. I’d have thrown chalk at him if that was my class.

  53. Bella Bella says:

    Sorry- disagree! Still love him!

  54. Valentine says:

    A Ph.D. gimme a break! In English? And what happened to his talk about him going to film school… where’s the DEGREE? I’m so sick of him taking credit for going to college but not actually finishing.