By M. Alexander
So I am reading some blogs about Sunday night’s Oscars and I see widespread gossip that James Franco was loaded. Aren’t there enough people in Hollywood that are in rehab, in recovery, or currently drinking themselves into oblivion that we do not have to spread lashon hara about somebody else? Maybe he was just a bad host. Maybe he thought that his cool, calm demeanor would get him more “James Dean-esque” movie roles. Maybe he was embarrassed by Anne Hathaway’s cross-dressing Les Miserables rendition of “On My Own”. Maybe he wanted to look high because the younger, “hipper” viewers remember him in Pineapple Express, not Milk or 127 Hours. Maybe that is just the way he is.
On the other hand, maybe he was loaded; maybe he was smoking crack backstage with Charlie Sheen’s hookers, had just stolen from a jewelry store, or had just been in a hotel room on Sunset shooting dope. But the point is that we, the viewers, have no idea. Why must we guess? Why must we prod and poke? Why must we believe that another person has this awful disease of addiction? Did Charlie Sheen not say anything funny yesterday? Did Lindsay Lohan not send a floral amends to a jewelry store? Did nobody shoot their wife? Find something else to speculate about…or give him a drug test if it really makes any difference to you.
- James Franco tells first Charlie Sheen joke at Oscars (insidetv.ew.com)
- Anne Hathaway and James Franco: Funny or A Failure? (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Five Ways for the Oscars to Rebound From the James Franco “Disaster” (uk.eonline.com)