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It Looks Like Seth Rogen Turned His Back on James Franco

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The allegations of inappropriate behavior against James Franco make for an interesting case to look at through the lens of cancel culture and the post #metoo world. James Franco isn’t Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby and nothing he’s been accused of doing is actually illegal.

The allegations against Franco are mostly that he used his fame to get laid, his acting school was too sexual and he tried to sleep with a 17-year-old, which is not illegal in New York. Still, some people are very mad about it.

So seeing Seth Rogen publicly turn his back on his old friend and collaborator shows which way the winds are blowing.

Here’s what Rogen said about Franco, via The Daily Dot.

Speaking to the Sunday Times this week, Seth Rogen said, “I do look back at a joke I made on Saturday Night Live in 2014 and I very much regret making that joke. It was a terrible joke, honestly.” In the monologue, Rogen joked about pretending to be a teenage girl to catfish Franco, who would continue to be his friend and creative collaborator for years to come.

In the same Sunday Times interview, Rogen said, “I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now.” This likely referred to a Vulture profile where Rogen equivocated about the #MeToo movement, saying he would continue to work with Franco despite his increasingly numerous sexual misconduct allegations.

The thing is, James Franco doesn’t work much these days anyway, by choice. He had already slowed down before these allegations.  Rogen might not be the one deciding not to work Franco here, and saying you don’t have any plans to work with someone who is semi-retired is a pretty quick way to save face here.

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