Angry James Franco Surfaces on Twitter for First Time Since Oscars

James Franco backstage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday
James Franco backstage at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday
 AP Photo/Chris Carlson

James Franco has sent out his first post-Oscars tweet, and it has nothing to do with his widely panned co-hosting gig.

Instead of responding all to the critics who gave his performance a big thumbs-down, the Yale University grad student sent out a picture that slammed -- of all things -- his campus newspaper, for criticizing his Twitter page.

"James Franco, your Twitter sort of sucks," Yale Daily News writer Cokey Cohen wrote in a piece posted Saturday.

Franco joined Twitter just two weeks ago as part of an effort to help modernize the Oscars and draw younger viewers to the telecast.

Cohen argued that, as a celebrity, Franco should be sending out more than "random links to pictures and replies to celebrities."

Wrote Cohen: "The pictures are okay in that a few are of him: candids are a Celebrity Tweeter staple. On the other hand, a lot of them -- like this one -- look like a fourteen-year-old girl with emo bangs and a Tumblr account attacked them with a few of her favorite Photoshop filters."

Cohen also wants to see more "pithy statements" and suggest Franco take a page from Kanye West's book when it comes to Twitter. (West's tweets have included "I just threw some kazoo on this bitch.")

On Tuesday, Franco tweeted out a picture of himself overlaid with the words "F--- THE YALE DAILY NEWS" in red capital letters.

Cohen's response? In a new post Wednesday, the writer expressed surprise and some doubt that Franco even read the original post, much less took the time out to respond directly to it. But in the event that Franco was targeting Cohen, it's "also possibly the pinnacle of my career as a writer."

Cohen concludes by writing that Franco "ranted in the form of a random picture. #wellplayedsir. ... I'm becoming convinced that James Franco's whole life is a form of postmodern performance art. In that context, his Twitter fits right in."

Franco received a slew of negative reviews regarding his performance as co-host of Sunday’s Oscars alongside Anne Hathaway.

"In what could go down as one of the worst Oscar telecasts in history, a bad and risky idea -- letting two actors host -- proved out in spectacularly unwatchable fashion on the biggest of all nights for the film world," The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman wrote. "Despite an overall rewarding of brilliant performances and no truly shocking didn't-see-that-coming upsets, the 83rd Annual Academy Awards will likely be remembered as the night James Franco couldn't act like a host."

But Franco, who was up for best actor for his role in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, has remained silent about all the criticism on Twitter or anywhere else.

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