MacArthur Genius and Yale Ph.D candidate James Franco has a message for the Yale Daily News. That message is, “fuck you.”
At around 5:30 p.m. today, Franco tweeted a link to his WhoSay account that included the above scathing indictment, lovingly scribbled out in blood-red MSPaint letters. The attack is apparently a response to this weekend column by Yale Daily News writer Cokey Cohen. (“Is that a real name,” we ask.) In the piece, Cokey comes out with all guns blazing, boldly declaring, “James Franco, your Twitter sort of sucks.”
To that we say: How Dare You? This is the artist who’s famously tried his hand at everything from General Hospital to novella writing to hosting the Oscars, baked as hell. And he’s good at all of it. (Shhhh!)
Cokey Cohen, where do you get the gall to slander James that way? His Twitter sucks? You suck. Franco’s Twitter feed includes all sorts of awesome links to awesome stuff that Franco has done, awesomely. And, if he doesn’t include those ”pithy statements” you pine for — or words of any kind, to be honest — then maybe that’s all part of his vision. Ever thought of that? Of course you didn’t. I bet you didn’t even read Palo Alto. It was like a third grader threw up on Hemingway. And it was amazing. So to suggest Franco doesn’t know how to Twitter — well that’s just ridiculous.*
Anyway, the board is set. The pieces are moving. Yada Yada. What say you, YDN? Are you going to let this guy take that sort of a shot at you — drag your name through the mud — without any consequences? The ball is in your court. Don’t disappoint.
*By the way, we’re totes just kidding. We take no sides in CokeyTwitterGate. Our only agenda is that this escalate as much as humanly possible. More on this exceptional story as it develops.
UPDATE: Cokey has responded to Franco’s incendiary pictorial with her own analysis of the situation.
Basically what this means is that my single meaningful point of contact with the guy who totally hosted the Oscars Sunday night is the fact that he read something snarky I wrote about him, online. I mean, a lot of my life happens online … but this is way bigger than any of that. It’s also possibly the pinnacle of my career as a writer.
We’re inclined not to disagree. She goes on:
I’m becoming convinced that James Franco’s whole life is a form of postmodern performance art. In that context, his Twitter fits right in.
Actually, we’re almost entirely certain this is the truth. Well said, Cokes.