While it was TOTALLY creepy of James Franco to pursue Lucy Clode as aggressively as he did, I have to give him some credit for going on ‘Live With Kelly and Michael’ on April 4, showing no fear, and taking responsibility for the scandal.
A lot of politicians could take a few notes from James Franco. The 127 Hours actor messed up big time by flirting with 17-year-old Lucy Clode on April 1 and trying to arrange a hookup — even after she told him she was 17. But to his credit, after James, 35, and Lucy’s Instagram and text conversations went public, he took to Live With Kelly and Michael on April 4 to own up to his mistakes and admit that he was extremely ashamed.
James Franco Gives Apology On ‘Live With Kelly & Michael’
“I’m embarrassed,” James admitted on the morning show. Before we get to the rest of his quote (which is a bit questionable), let me just say that this was the best way James could have addressed the controversy. He went on Kelly and Michael knowing that everyone in the world knew he came onto a 17-year-old girl after flirting with her on Instagram. A very creepy moment was exposed, but instead of sweeping it under the rug, demanding that Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan avoid the topic, and pretending like the incident never happened, James made a point to address the elephant in the room.
And while I’m not convinced by James’ follow-up statement — “Social media’s tricky. It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end.” — because, let’s be honest James, you’ve proven time and time again that you’re a savvy dude, the bottom line is that he arrived at this conclusion: “I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”
That’s all James can really say now — and that’s all he needs to say.
He can’t take back his To Catch a Predator-esque actions (and I’m not even sure he wants to), so the best thing for him to do is address it head on (check), admit he made a big mistake (check), and confess that he’s sorry for it (check). Going on Kelly and Michael and not addressing the controversy would have made it look like he didn’t even care. And while I don’t think James is as apologetic about the incident as some people want him to be, at least he acknowledged his wrongdoing.
James Franco: Still Creepy, But At Least He’s Owning Up To It
Obviously I’m not condoning what James did — while the hookup wouldn’t have technically been illegal, it would have been 100 percent inappropriate. And the fact that James continued to pursue Lucy even after she told him her age really looks bad on his part. Furthermore, the excuse that he didn’t know “who’s on the other end” is pretty weak, because James literally met her before the flirty exchange, and she was as upfront about her age as she could have been.
So James, good for you for owning up to your mistake — it was definitely the best way to tackle this sticky situation. But from now on, can we agree that you should only flirt with girls who aren’t half your age? That seems like a good rule to live by.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Did James do the right thing by confessing to his mistake on Kelly and Michael? Let me know.
— Andrew Gruttadaro