James Franco in Catfight Over His 'Petty' Writing

Responds to 'New York Observer' writer on the Huffington Post
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2012 10:35 AM CDT
James Franco in Catfight Over His 'Petty' Writing
James Franco attends the MOCA Los Angeles Presents 'Rebel' Exhibition Opening and Reception on May 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.   (Getty Images)

Internet Fight Alert: James Franco is in a bit of a tiff with a New York Observer writer over his series of columns on the Huffington Post. Writer Drew Grant took issue with the fact that Franco addressed New Orleans ghost tours in his column, rather than something more substantive like politics. Franco responded in yesterday’s column, where he first slammed the Observer for being “a newspaper owned by Donald Trump's son-in-law that is perhaps best known for publishing a sex column in the mid-1990s.”

He goes on to explain that he didn’t discuss politics—specifically President Obama’s stance on gay marriage—because there’s “enough talk about that already,” and “plus, who wants to hear an actor’s take on it anyway?” He chose his topic because it seemed interesting, he concludes, and the real question is why “the great journalists at the New York Observer” are, “instead of covering pressing world issues, … covering my writing, which they claim to consider petty.” Click for his full column, which somehow segues into the topic of commencement speeches. (Read more James Franco stories.)

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