Most celebrities like to deny romances, and then there's meta-artist James Franco. In the years leading up to his skyrocketing as a pop culture figure, Franco has had to endure constant speculation about his love life. This includes many outlets questioning his work that consistently features the actor playing gay icons.
Over the last two days James Franco has decided to fight back against the media by taking the rumors in his own hands. Instead of denying relationships, he's decided to stage them. Posting both heterosexual photos and gay-centric photos, Franco is mocking gossip sites by egging them on.
Just yesterday Franco posted photos on Instagram that may seem sexually charged of himself and a blonde female participating in "sexual acts" as Franco drove around Montreal.
Today he takes gossip sites like Gawker up to task by posting a collage of himself kissing another man. In the photos, Franco in the first slide is posing with a man, in the second he's kissing said man, and in the third photo he's holding hands with the unidentified man.
In his signature scrawl Franco writes over the photos: "Just a Franco afternoon - love Gawker." He has also decided to caption the photo with "#Jamesfrancotv in love???? #gawker.com #gay."
Gawker over any other site has been adamant about reporting what some believe are fictitious stories about Franco's love life. Back in 2008 Gawker ran a horrifying blind item that alluded that James Franco was a gay rapist. So what is Franco trying to say by posting these photos? We think it's the actor's way of saying "play ball" with all those gossip sites that focus on his sexuality, rather than his work. We also think it's another way of Franco telling Gawker to kiss his you know what.
Instead of ignoring the gay rapist story, Franco fired back in a 2011 interview for Playboy. Obviously offended by the story, Franco took Gawker up to task by calling them out for the gay rapist story:
"Then Gawker picked that up and did this 'Gay Rapist' story that was so f*cking offensive because I have friends who have been raped. They did a very classy online reader's poll asking which actor who had a big movie out that summer had beaten up and raped his boyfriend and then paid him off so it wouldn't go to court. My lawyer called them and said that it was completely untrue and to take it down."
He continued, and explained that he decided not to respond directly to Gawker because, "It was a choice. Either let this thing build and become bigger and bigger, or just let it go and let them be the petty scumbags that they are."
For years Franco hasn't felt the need to explain his sexuality, as it has no bearings on the kind of person that he is, although he has played with the public's perception of his love life.
In a recent interview, Franco confirmed that he wasn't gay but, "I don't even care if people think I'm gay, so it was like, 'Awesome!' I mean, I wish I was. I wish I was gay."
What do you think about James Franco's posts on Instagram? Is he taking a stand against the media, or is he fueling the fire? We think he's doing a bit of both. We tip our hats off to Franco!