So, James Franco. What is there to say really about the news that a famous, middle-aged man made unwanted sexual advances toward a woman less than half his age? I mean, is it even really news? It sure does seem to happen with such alarming frequency that it can hardly even qualify as news anymore, right? It can continue to be disappointing, but not exactly surprising.
And so, we were just going to let it go, this latest celebrity scandal. After all, James Franco didn’t break any laws when he attempted to hook up with a 17-year-old in the New York hotel she was staying in while visiting the city from her native Scotland. The age of consent in New York is 17 after all, and the young (verrry young) woman refused to give Franco her hotel information so nothing even happened and we can all just move on with our lives, right? Nothing to see here.
Except! Via Gothamist, which reported on Franco’s appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael this morning, came the perfect summation of this whole fiasco and of the larger issue of powerful men making plays for much younger women and then shrugging the whole sleazy thing off. Commenter “Shitdick” (real name? hard to say) had this to say about the whole affair:
(And… *mic drop*)
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