Friday, December 12, 2008
I'm a little late on this one, but it still pisses me off. A couple weeks ago, James Franco appeared on Letterman to promote Milk. Letterman totally goes the mildly-homophobic-guy-with-an-aging-sense-of-humor route by pestering Franco for minutes about kissing Sean Penn. (And in a ten-minute interview, that's a large chunk of time.)
First, Letterman actually says, "I mean, do you really want to be good at kissing a guy?" And the audience laughs and Franco looks embarrassed and it's like, fuck you, David Letterman. I think it's a harmless skill to have (frankly, I know more than a couple of men who could afford to learn it), and ignoring the homophobia in that question, I'd like to point out that Franco is a respected actor playing a man's lover. So yes, he does want--and, for the role, need--to be "good" at kissing a dude.
Then Franco offers to kiss Letterman, and you know someone with more self-confidence and humor--I'm thinking Stephen Colbert--would have let Franco plant one on the lips. (No tongue; I don't think I'd want to see David Letterman tongue-kiss anybody on camera.) But of course, Letterman offers the cheek, and it's just so weak and so, 'Ha ha James Franco's kissing Letterman! Eww! Gross ha ha!' and the audience eats it up and the whole thing just rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe I'm being oversensitive, or maybe I'm just jealous that it wasn't me Franco was smooching. Either way, I don't understand why it's still considered outrageous to watch two guys kissing on camera.
P.S. I don't know who the two "news anchors" preceding the clip are, but ignore them. They're both idiots, the guy especially.