After finally joining Twitter, the Iron Man star generated more than 55,000 followers after his first tweet.
James Franco is a showbiz stud who is generally thought of as not having a problem getting the girls he goes after. 17-year-old Lucy Clode from Scotland got a look at the movie star's romantic tenacity when she met him at an autograph signing in New York. After making an Instagram video of him and being told to tag him (and oh, she did) things started to get weird. Luckily for us, she decided to document the whole creepy correspondence.
Clode and Franco soon started direct messaging one another where she tells him that she's in New York with her mom for her 18th birthday (which isn't until next month). That doesn't seem to slow down old Franco.
Clode eventually turned him down after the DMs turned to texts, but to prove that it was really him, Franco wrote her name on a piece of paper and sent her a photo of him holding it.
The exchange started circulating the internet and soon Franco had this in a response:
A Joffrey statue stands precariously in Aotea square, Auckland, NZ and every time you tweet using the hashtag "bringdowntheking," the rope tied to his waist gets a little tighter. You can watch the spectacle live here while you tweet your heart out to try and bring him down.
How quickly can we topple the illegitimate king?
The tweet in question was intended to tie in to Wednesday night's episode of The Colbert Report in which they discussed the hypocrisy of the Washington Redskin's owner Dan Snyder, who responded to criticism by creating a foundation to help provide more opportunities for "Original Americans."
But without room to adequately reference that announcement in a satirical way per usual of the program, the words alone came across as simply racist. Thus an outburst of negative responses from the show's Twitter followers:
#CancelColbert because these "jokes" once justified exclusionary acts, internment camps, atom bombs, napalm, and the murder of Vincent Chin.— Bhaswati Chattopadhy (@BhaswatiChat) March 28, 2014
stop saying "it was a joke" as if a joke can't be harmful. yeah, it *was* a joke. *and* it's harmful.— Black Girl Dangerous (@BlackGirlDanger) March 28, 2014
The Twitter account later Thursday night clarified: