James Franco Says He Has “No Idea” Why Ally Sheedy Was “Upset”

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Catalogue Staff

James Franco interviewed by Stephen Colbert. Image Source.

Content warning: contains sexual assault.


James Franco was one of the many men who wore a Time’s Up pin to the Golden Globes and much like David Harbour, Justin Timberlake and, probably, many others: he doesn’t understand what it stood for.

Franco has already been accused of soliciting sex from a 17 year old, and there are rumours circulating that this behaviour has happened on more than one occasion. Actress Ally Sheedy, in a now-deleted series of tweets, alluded to Franco being the reason she left the film and TV industry after wondering why he was wearing the pin.

Scheduled to go on the Colbert show in the wake of the allegations, Franco was directly asked by the presenter about the social media outburst. Here’s the moment:

Yeh. Here’s the biggie: “The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice.”

Familiar and devastating and infuriating all at once, Franco’s response is what we’ve come to expect from so many men who have had allegations laid against them: that they believe women until they are the ones being accused. There’s the strange use of vague words like “respect”: “First of all, I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy,” he said. “I directed her in a play Off Broadway, I had nothing but a great time with her, total respect for her. I have no idea why she was upset.” It’s starting to feel like another term that should be banned from use; it is increasingly evident that it is not understood by men.

News via the New York Times.

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