The title of this article could have been “James Franco is fucking insane“, but I think that’s pretty widely known at this point. In a new interview with something called FourTwoNine Magazine, James is riffing on his sexuality – mainly about how he’s gay in public but straight in private, but it’s all just part of the performance, man.
“I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life. Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight. So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay.”
“I guess I mean that I like my queer public persona. I like that it’s so hard to define me and that people always have to guess about me. They don’t know what the hell is up with me, and that’s great. Not that I do what I do to confuse people, but as long as they are confused, I get time to play.”
“Maybe sex with a guy would change things, but I doubt it. Like I said, I’m gay in my art. Or, I should say, queer in my art. And I’m not this way for political reasons, although sometimes it becomes political, like when I voted for same-sex marriage, etc. But what it’s really about is making queer art that destabilizes engrained ways of being, art that challenges hegemonic thinking.”
“Because it means that I can be a figure for change. I am a figure who can show the straight community that many of their definitions are outdated and boring. And I can also show the gay community that many of the things about themselves that they are giving up to join the straight community are actually valuable and beautiful.”
I mean… what the hell did I just read? Does he even know what he’s saying? Because if so, he needs to enlighten the rest of us since it makes zero sense. He’s gay but he’s not gay but he’s queer as long as he’s not REALLY queer? WHY JAMES WHY?
Anyone want to venture a translation?