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James Franco: Gay Host of 2011 Oscars!

Posted by on January 7, 2011 at 6:03 PM EST

james francoJames Franco gears up for 2011 Oscars with Anne Hathaway by claiming he might be gay.

James Franco is gay. Just ask him. He will tell you that he might be gay. But when I hear him say it I am reminded of this song I heard years ago called “Gay for Girls.” The song tells the story of a young man who is being raised by two fathers in a gay household and how everyone expects him to be gay because of it. While he thinks there is nothing wrong with being gay, he can’t do it and finds himself “gay for girls.” James Franco reminds me of that song. The reason for this is that no matter what he says about his sexuality he has been in a long term relationship with his girlfriend Ahna O’Reilly for about five years now and it seems like James has just decided to turn the tables and say what everyone apparently wants to hear.

Anne Hathaway and James Franco Host 2011 Oscars!

All of this drama started when Franco was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly. They asked him why he seems to gravitate to gay roles. The question is absurd, he has played a few gay guys, but most of his roles have had him portraying straight guys or guys with whom there is no sexual orientation asked or implied because it has nothing to do with the story. His response to the question was funny. He railed against people who think just because he has played a few gay roles it must mean he is gay. So he just said it. After a very well thought out answer where he explained that he is interested in playing people who are living anti-normative lifestyles he then said, “Or,you know what, maybe I’m just gay.”

I’m sure that admission would be news to Ahna O’Reilly and, honestly, it would be news to the rest of the world if it were true. James Franco has said in the past that he has no way of hiding who he is from the public eye and that if he were gay he would tell everyone and it wouldn’t be a big deal. I believe him. Franco is one of those guys who seem to revel in life. He gets nominated for an Oscar and instead of cashing in and doing a couple of big movies he goes to film school and takes a role on a soap opera. He is likely to get a second Oscar nomination for his role in 127 Hours. I suppose he will celebrate that one by taking a job working as a waiter in one of those theme restaurants where he has to play famous movie star.

James Franco is a real talent and a breath of fresh air in Hollywood where everything is taken so seriously and every question is answered as if the fate of the world rests upon how it is answered. Time Magazine called him the coolest person on the planet and I feel like he is just getting started. It is funny to me that if a guy plays a few gay roles he is assumed to be gay, but if he plays a few roles as a cowboy or a criminal or a drug dealer he is not assumed to be any of those things. Perhaps five years from now Franco (with girlfriend Ahna O’Reilly still at his side) will announce that he is a gay drug dealing cowboy stockbroker who loves to smoke weed. I have a feeling people won’t believe him then either.



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