Turns out the #TimesUp campaign is starting a lot of uncomfortable (but necessary) conversations in Hollywood, and James Franco is the latest subject. After the star picked up a win for his flick The Disaster Artist at the Golden Globes on Sunday donning a #TimesUp pin, several women were not impressed. Actress Violet Paley and filmmaker Sarah Kaplan both took to Twitter to press their allegations that Franco was far from a supporter of the movement, he was the reason for the movement in the first place.
The allegations gained traction on Twitter fast and paired with a cryptic tweet and delete from The Breakfast club Ally Sheedly made it all the more believable that Franco could very well be guilty. Amid the claims his event that was supposed to be hosted today by The New York Times, featuring both his brother and himself in light of their roles in The Disaster Artist, was canceled.
While James Franco won't be attending a Times' event tonight, he took the opportunity during his interview on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to say his piece. Claiming "In my life, I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I've done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it -- whenever I know that there is something wrong or needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it." He also tweeted that while the allegations "aren't accurate," he supports people gaining the confidence to speak their story and use their voice.
When Colbert asked if Franco would be reconciling with people who have a "different view" of the story, in reference to both Paley and Kaplan, Franco responded with "if I've done something wrong, I will fix it. I have to. ... I don't know what else to do."
While this definitely is a better response than when he was caught in that 17-year-old Scotland fan's DMs, the story doesn't seem any more clear. While we wait to see if any more information comes to light, all we can hope is that the #TimesUp initiative continues to fuel more conversations like these.