Friday, June 12, 2009

UCLA pans James Franco, gets F’d in the A as result

To supplement Buck’s post, I bring you this bit from the other coast:

Actor James Franco, star of 'Milk' and 'Pineapple Express,' cited scheduling conflicts and withdrew from making the commencement speech at UCLA. Students at the school had waged a Facebook campaign against his selection.

His replacement? Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson.

I want to meet the individual who thought that James Franco would make a good choice for a commencement speaker, in the first place.

But then a greater thought occurred to me: It’s a commencement speech, not a treatise on peace being presented to the United Nations. It’s some dude or chick waxing philosophical about why being all growed up and taking responsibility for yourself doesn’t suck as bad as the news makes it out to be. Is James Franco any better or worse than Brad Delson? Are either of them any better or worse than Gustav Arellano, Cliff Galiher, or Allen Adham, UCLA grads all?

Bah, fuck ‘em. The chick in that NPR piece must have seriously been butthurt when Delson was picked after Franco bowed out. At the end, where she says, “I would think that everyone would just be happy enough to graduate” ... yeah, that’s sincere. Where were those sentiments when you were going on your anti-Franco campaign? Bet you’re wishing for James Franco now, eh?

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