I don’t like James Franco, the actor who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 2011 for his role in the movie ” 127 Hours ,” where he portrayed the real-life hiker who severed his own arm with a pocketknife to free himself from a giant fallen boulder. Ironically, Franco himself was co-hosting that Academy Awards with actress Anne Hathaway, whom I also feel is quite overrated. Franco’s hosting performance was savaged by critics and I could not have agreed more: Franco appeared too cool for school and acted like he thought he was above it all. The arrogant actor had been receiving praise for pursuing his Ph.D. and teaching a film course, making him the ultimate hipster “working actor” and “artiste.”
Well, not enough people got the memo that Franco was an arrogant blowhard after his Academy Awards hosting debacle. The actor was selected to write poetry commemorating president Barack Obama’s second inauguration, and his poem can be read on Yahoo! News . Not surprisingly, the verbose and haphazard poem, bored and arrogant in tone, has been attacked by critics, as reported by The Atlantic Wire . A reading of Franco’s “poem” made me grimace: It appears like a bored and cynical high school student wrote prose, hacked it into poetry with presses of the Enter key while using Microsoft Word, and coupled it with a video clip of a reading. In the clip Franco looks like he’s in a prison cell and has been neglecting his personal hygiene. Summarily, the actor seems like he’s desperate to look like he doesn’t care too much about the inauguration and has instead gone insultingly in the opposite direction, appearing cynical and arrogant.
The celebritizing of the presidential inauguration is insulting to the public and the serious nature of the office of the president. We have real problems in America. A weak economy, federal spending cuts, and cultural malaise threaten our nation’s collective strength. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and James Franco are getting political face time instead of public servants, poor people who need help, and smart people who have plans to fix problems. Is this the best way to run things?
Picking Franco, the ultimate hipster blowhard, to pen poetry for such a momentous occasion was a mistake. He does not need more time in the news. People with plans, ideas, and educational stories should be receiving attention today.