For over a week, I was having trouble logging into my account to blog, and during that week–SHOCKER–some more male celebrities were called out for being, at the very least, sleazy and sexually aggressive. Or, as Jennifer Aniston might’ve said 10 years ago, their behavior was “uncool.”
This time around I’m referring to James Franco and Aziz Ansari, two guys I’ve actually been pretty big fans of and have extremely conflicting feelings about atm, and, of course, as anticipated, I’m going to share those feelings with you.
First, let’s start with James Franco, a guy I have a love/hate relationship with because he does a really insane mixture of great work and weird work and I think he’s probably super pretentious and bizarre IRL.
When actresses started calling Franco out after his Golden Globes win for doing lame fuckboy shit like pushing their heads towards his dick in cars (someone has clearly watched American Pie one to many times. I would not be even remotely surprised if James Franco, at some point, has seriously said to a girl “Suck me, beautiful.” CLEARLY, Oz’s transformation in that film was lost on him) and being pissy when they wouldn’t do nude scenes for his movies or acting classes or whatever, I was not at all shocked. Being shocked that James Franco can be a bit sleazy is like being shocked that Courtney Love has done drugs. Seth Meyers LITERALLY made a joke about how sleazy James Franco is during his monologue at THIS YEAR’S Golden Globe ceremony. So while I’m disappointed in his douchiness, I don’t feel any genuine surprise over this, nor do I feel like this will really impact his career that much. It’s not like he was going to get the Oscar this year. Gary Oldman pretty much has that on lockdown, so whatevs.
Aziz Ansari is a bigger disappointment to me for numerous reasons. 1) He was like the ideal male feminist for so fucking long. I’ve literally shared some of his quotes about feminism on Facebook. He was supposed to be an ally, and I literally love all of his work, so wtf is this shit??, 2) Now, number two is important. Very important. You see, I called this blog “Everyone’s a Pervert” rather than “Everyone’s a Predator” because I don’t actually think that Aziz Ansari is some sort of habitual predator/rapist. I don’t think he’s a Harvey Weinstein or a Kevin Spacey; in fact, I think he’s mostly just a regular dude who happens to feel pretty entitled to women’s sexual affections, and that’s the fucked up thing. The girl’s story about her shitty date with Aziz where he came on way too fucking strong and was NOT taking the hint and made her feel super violated and uncomfortable might not sound as horrific as Louis C.K. randomly jerking off in front of you at work, but it’s very real. When I read the story about Aziz, I was like “Man, I know like 20 girls who could tell you almost the exact same story, the only difference is the dude wasn’t famous.” When Aziz was surprised that the whole thing wasn’t consensual, I legit believe him, just like I believe most of the guys who pull shit like that think they’re not doing anything sleazy or weird because the girl is probably just playing hard to get and really does want to fool around or whatever. It’s just like this natural entitlement where dudes don’t even realize just how shitty they’re being. And it sucks because I thought Aziz Ansari was a bit more woke to women’s shit than to be an entitled fuckboy like that.
Also, I have no idea if I’m ever using the word fuckboy properly. I’m 31. Cut me some slack.