By Erica Abbott
I mean, jeez, how unbelievable that Lucy Clode, 17, would turn James Franco, 35, down. I mean, who does that?! Whether this whole James Franco scandal with Lucy Clode is legitimate or a simple publicity stunt, the whole thing is a bit strange. And the fact that the tables have now turned on Clode is even more bizarre. She said…no? Unreal. How dare she! As if the scandal itself wasn’t already a bit creepy, even more so with Franco “coming clean” on “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” [saying that he was “embarrassed” and how he is a “model for how social media can be tricky”] I find it extremely odd that the entire situation has been twisted around on Clode. Twitter users have really been on Clode’s case all day saying that she only exposed him for the limelight because, who could turn James Franco down?
Why would you ever say no to James Franco!? #hi @JamesFrancoTV pic.twitter.com/AjXclTLGgu
— Lana (@LanaHenryyy) April 4, 2014
James Franco is still hot… yeah he flirted with a 17 year old… but like.. why didn’t she take him up on the offer? hellooo hes hot & $$$
— (@x0gabby) April 5, 2014
That James Franco thing’s gotta be a stunt. There seriously isn’t a 17 year old girl in the world that says no to James Franco.
— Jamie Cal (@StillmaticJamie) April 5, 2014
I still don’t know how you can say no to James Franco
— vanessa (@Ingriddd_v) April 5, 2014
so just wondering but uhhh why did that 17 year old girl turn down James Franco??????????? like it’s JAMES FRANCO
— al (@rllyal) April 5, 2014
To the girl that denied james franco– what are your priorities???
— Nancy Botwin (@kschubbz) April 4, 2014
What girl in her right mind would reject @JamesFrancoTV #CRAZY
— Jordan Ward (@JordanwMTV) April 4, 2014
It’s probably bad that I’m rly jealous of that 17 yr old chick James Franco tried to hook up with #howdidshedecline
— VoodooChild☮ (@karaacoops) April 4, 2014
The biggest shame about the so-called scandal of James Franco tryna get at a 17 year old is why did she say no?
— Kendall Green (@KendallMfGreen) April 4, 2014
IF JAMES FRANCO TEXTS YOU AND WANTS TO GET YOU IN A HOTEL ROOM FOR A NIGHT YOU GO
— jade (@jadevmm) April 4, 2014
um if James Franco texted me asking if i wanted to hook up i’d say yes instead o sending the texts to the media #duh Lucy Clode ur dumb
— JozyD (@JozetteDeegan) April 4, 2014
WHY DID THAT GIRL TURN JAMES FRANCO DOWN
— YEEZUS (@LaurenBrierley_) April 4, 2014
That 17 year old girl that exposed James Franco for wanting to meet up with her is insane why would you ever do that it’s James Franco
— kimberly//READ BIO (@xo_kimberly) April 4, 2014
the 17 year old girl who exposed james franco is an idiot. she should have just hooked up with him and shut up
— Katie Killian (@katiekillian) April 4, 2014
James Franco hits on you and you decide to sell the story not take up the offer? What kinda person raised you.
— Mia Broadbent (@miabroadbent) April 4, 2014
Who on earth would turn down James Franco. UNWORTHY IMBECILE!!!
— Finella Waddilove (@FinellaWadsy) April 4, 2014
The real question is what kind of sick person gets hit on by James Franco and sells him out instead of getting some sweet Franco love wtf
— Shelby Burke ♎♎♎ (@whatuburkinwith) April 4, 2014
The problem isn’t that @JamesFrancoTV hit on a underage girl, it’s that an underage girl exists that would reject James Franco
— Meghan Sickal (@meghan_sickal) April 4, 2014
A 17 year old girl gets the chance to hook up with James Franco and decides to tell the media instead. Is she mentally okay?
— Jonathan Koshy (@jonathankoshy) April 4, 2014
I still can’t comprehend who wouldn’t sleep with @JamesFrancoTV if they had the opportunity.
— Jenn Ayers (@jennalexisgrace) April 4, 2014
HOW COULD YOU SAY NO TO JAMES FRANCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Holliee Anderson (@CatOverlord_) April 4, 2014
People hating on @JamesFrancoTV like it’s a big deal Lmaooo. He’s James Franco. He can do what he wants. Parents control your young girls
That 17 year old girl that’s exposed James Franco for wanting to meet up with her needs to get her priorities straight #areyoualesbian
— Aurianna Najah (@auriannax) April 4, 2014
That 17 years old will die alone if her standards are THAT high that she turned down James Franco himself
— Milo | Olim (@Milo_Music) April 4, 2014
Why that girl declined @JamesFrancoTV offer to rent a hotel room is beyond my imagination
— Amy (@amysusskind8) April 4, 2014
That 17 year old girl has got to have standards as high as the highest thing to ever exist if she turned down James Franco like r u good
— Cat ✋ (@CatherineHand12) April 4, 2014
Franco posted this on his Instagram earlier:
Even if the entire thing is just a hoax, and even if Clode was in it for 15 minutes of fame, I find it disturbing the kind of backlash she has received. Sure there’s been bigger age gaps than just 20 years in the past between people and 17 is the legal age in New York, but since when is it a crime to say no?
If Franco wasn’t famous, would the situation be different? Some people accepting this entire situation simply based off the fact that Franco is famous is unsettling. The situation shouldn’t be accepted simply because he was “honest” about the entire thing earlier today shouldn’t be so simple. Yeah, mistakes are made but when someone who isn’t famous runs into that “mistake,” I’m sure there would be more serious comments to be made.
What do you think of the current situation that is going on with Franco and Clode?