When funny weird gets plain creepy

Thank you, short-term memories, for making celebrities repeat others' stupid mistakes.

The latest guy to get caught up in a so-stupid-it's-funny sexting-with-a-stranger scandal is Hollywood actor James Franco.

On Tuesday, a 17-year-old Scottish girl leaked his private messages to her on Instagram, asking if he should "rent a room" in a hotel, presumably for both of them.

Student Lucy Clode was in New York City with her mum on a short birthday trip when she queued up for autographs and pictures from Franco and Irish actor Chris O'Dowd, both of whom are currently starring in the play, Of Mice And Men, on Broadway.

Franco allegedly sent the blonde a private message on Instagram after she tagged him in one of her pictures.

"Who are you with? Do you have a bf (boyfriend)? Where are you staying? What's the hotel? Should I rent a room?"

When pressed for evidence that the messages were really sent by the actor, he allegedly sent a picture of himself holding up a piece of paper with the name Lucy.

The 35-year-old was creepily insistent on finding out whether Miss Clode was 18.

The legal age of sexual consent in the US is between 16 and 18, differing from state to state.

He may not have actually said it, or sent a nude or semi-nude selfie, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out Franco's alleged intentions.

After screengrabs of the messages hit the web, Franco, in a typically head-scratching Franconian move, made his own meme, with the words 'Why are you thirsty for underage ones'.

He then captioned the picture, in all caps: "I'm not! I hope parents keep their teens away from me. Thank you."

It may or may not be a tacit apology, but I don't really care.

I've always thought Franco was funny-weird. I loved him as the smooth slacker Daniel in his first major TV show Freaks and Geeks, and I laughed pretty hard at his spoof of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's Bound 2 video with Seth Rogen last year. But with this incident, he's crossed over into creepy-weird territory.

In other recent celebrity sexting news, our own Singapore-actor-who-made-good-in-Malaysia, the very married Adi Putra, has had trouble getting people to forget that he was reported to the Malaysian police last September by the husband of a woman he'd been allegedly sending lewd texts and pictures to.

This past weekend, the woman's husband, probably still stinging from the incident, decided to upload one of the pictures Adi had allegedly sent on Instagram, the one showing him wearing just a towel.

The picture has since been taken down, but my girlfriends and I shared many laughs over WhatsApp on what Adi considers a sexy picture - he was holding a digital camera to take a selfie. That's not sexy, just old.

I would have leaked the pictures myself if I'd been so specially picked by Adi to have sexy text times together.


Because honestly, don't these guys ever learn? Don't they remember Carlos Danger?

The US congressman sent compromising pictures to a female stranger over Twitter in 2011 and had to resign.

Two years later, same guy tries to get back into politics and more women come out of the woodwork.

One of them reveals that he used the alias Carlos Danger, even though his real and hilariously appropriate name is Anthony Weiner.

It set off a whole bunch of memes about a fictional character who had a more awesome name than Jack Black's fictional Mexican wrestler Nacho Libre.

Clearly, losing his job back then didn't teach the married Weiner or celebrities anything.

Girls will sell you out, because we love laughing at how guys think they're so sexy that their nude or semi-nude hotness needs an entirely separate name.

I'm just waiting for new Weiner pictures to surface under another killer name.

Big Burrito, anyone?


This article was published on April 4 in The New Paper.

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