It’s no secret that I have a thing for the weirdly styled and even more odd mannerisms of hipsters. So I always try to post about them in all their odd quirky ways whenever possible. And James Franco is definitely a hipster. No doubt about that. But there have been rumors surrounding the actor for years as the result of his outspokenly affinity to take on roles depicting a character as gay. In Franco’s latest series of interviews, he addresses why he feels like he’s to blame for these rumors as well as why he feels some actors stay in the closet:
“One of the things that’s very much part of my public image is the question of my sexuality. It’s not something that bothers me in the slightest. It hasn’t gone away and I get asked about it from all sides. It’s partly my doing and partly not my doing.”
”I think that the people I have known who are performers who haven’t publicly come out didn’t because they’re afraid it’ll hurt their careers. And they’re afraid they won’t be able to play straight roles anymore. If there’s somebody that was well respected and very secure with their career, I could see it happening in a very positive way.”
It’s funny because the way that kind of stuff is talked about on blogs is so black-and-white. It’s all cut-and-dry identity politics. ‘Is he straight or is he gay?’ Or, ‘This is your third gay movie — come out already!’ And all based on, gay or straight, based on the idea that your object of affection decides your sexuality.”
Or this one where instead of quieting rumors, he only made them increase;
“Part of what I’m interested in is how these people who were living anti-normative lifestyles contended with opposition. Or, you know what, maybe I’m just gay.”
As always, he nor anyone else has to define what their sexuality is to anyone but themselves. I think that’s the point of what his hipster mind is saying. And I crave the day that it’ll be that way for everyone.