HypExperiement: How to Make Someone Unfamous: Day 2

Hype This!
James Franco

James Franco discussing the film Milk about Harvey Milk. Photographer’s blog post about the event in the photo. David Shankbone

This is Day 2 of Hyperficial’s new social experiment: How to Make Someone Unfamous.

Target: James Franco

Forgot to add an additional but necessary concern: what will my friends and coworkers think when they see me reading my (now) many RSS feeds on James Franco news? Should I be concerned that the IT guy will see my search history, or will he not even care because he still has open IT tickets from me that I submitted in March?

Anyway, Day 2 Objective: Getting to Know the Enemy.

Most recent in the news is that James Franco has released a book of poetry called Directing Herbert White.

Some snippets of his prose from the Internet (I refuse to buy his book because any money toward his bank account is just more money for his PR team, against which Hyperficial is fundamentally opposed):

“Ledger” by James Franco:
“There had been a time
When we were up for the same roles,
10 Things I Hate about You
(Based on The Taming of the Shrew),
And The Patriot –
Funny, you were Australian and so was Mel –
You were the knight in A Knight’s Tale…”

“Fake” by James Franco:
“There is a fake version of me
And he’s the one that writes
These poems.
He has an attitude and a swagger
That I don’t have.”

And a line from a poem on LiLo:
“Fame raped me
And I raped it, if you know what I’m saying.”


Aside from the fact that James Franco seems to delight in kicking/shitting on the injured puppy that is Lindsay Lohan, his explanation of the quite obvious 10-Thing-as-New-Shakespeare is laughable, as is the enjambment in “Fake” – his choice in line breaks is faker than his aptitude for poetry. Which makes me wonder… has James Franco already caught on? Or is he the ironic hipster to end all ironic hipsters? By which I mean, IS HE SABOTAGING HIMSELF?!

Is this but a game of chess?

Tune in for Day 3: Meditations on General Celebrity Culture


Photo Credit: James Franco discussing the film Milk about Harvey Milk. Photographer’s blog post about the event in the photo.
Date 8 December 2008
Source David Shankbone
Author David Shankbone
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license


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