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James Franco Flakes On Alma Mater

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James Franco cancelled his engagement as UCLA's 2009 commencement speaker…with less than two weeks notice.

How rude!

The actor, who is a UCLA alum, states: "I deeply regret not being able to keep my commitment to giving the commencement speech at UCLA's graduation this year. Unfortunately the date conflicts with me needing to be on location to begin pre-production on my next film. I wish everyone in the 2009 class the best of luck in all of their future endeavors."

That's all fine and dandy but couldn't he have told them sooner?

Lame excuse!

We hope they fine his replacement soon!!

Sorry, seniors!

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38 comments to “James Franco Flakes On Alma Mater”



  1. 1

    um i'm sorry but 'being on set' doesn't seem like a last minute thing, his agent probably told him sooner, but whatever. shouldn't the graduating class be happy, didn't they have like anti- james franco facebook groups because they didn't think he deserved to do it? its a win win for everyone then



  2. 2

    He DID NOT flake. There was a huge group of students who did not want him to speak at the graduation. They set up petitions and everything. James was just giving them what they wanted.

    They had a point he only graduated last year… He really isn't old or wise enough to be giving commencement speeches yet.



  3. 3

    I'm sure some graduates will be upset but many were protesting against him speaking. I wouldn't doubt that it was UCLA's idea for him to pull out as to not piss off the graduates.



  4. 4

    weren't the students complaining that he wasn't even good enough to be a commencement speaker???

    i don't think he's being all lame. maybe just caving to pressure.



  5. 5

    Perez, he probably wouldn't have cancelled if the students hadn't started an anti-James Franco as Commencement Speaker facbook petition. I don't blame him for cancelling. I wouldn't go somewhere I wasn't wanted. I say HOW RUDE OF THOSE STUDENTS.



  6. 6

    Perez you need to learn how to spell. it's FIND not FINE you idiot



  7. 7

    He cancelled after students protested having him as speaker. They said he was not a great student and only graduated last year so why would he have anything to say to them at graduation. I think he was backing out to just spare the school the hassle.



  8. 8

    Franco Shmanco



  9. 9

    aww, i feel bad he practically got run out of the gig :( love him though!



  10. 10

    How is that a lame excuse?

    I care more about James Franco's hotness on screen than I do about a UCLA speech.



  11. 11

    Damn he fine. ( And I do mean "fine"….not "find". Pervez, the spelling guru. )
    He can bang cock in my thigh land any day, any time.



  12. 12

    I think Franco made the right decision. Many of the grads did not want him to speak at their ceremony. He respected their wishes. I respect him for that.



  13. 13

    Stupid protesters…their loss…Franco is a really gifted actor. Yes, he's newly out of school. But I have no doubt he has much advice to offer given his enormous success as an actor.



  14. 14

    no shocker there.
    he's a dick, and shouldnt have even had the privilege to speak at commencement to begin with.



  15. 15

    2 wks is plenty of notice. If he'd not show up at work u would call him an ass too so kiss it.



  16. 16

    USC!



  17. 17

    Yeah, I also read there were a lot of students complaining. I'm sure that's why he *bailed,* and now he'll get made out to be the bad guy! Those students sound like a bunch of whiney ingrates. I never would have cared so much about who gave my commencement address…geez.



  18. 18

    wow dbag move but he is james franco so f off he is hott.

  19. missB says – reply to this


    19

    I feel bad for him, being protested against. i hope he really did have a scheduling issue and didn't back out because of all the kids protesting.



  20. 20

    Re: Dixie77 – You said "Stupid protesters…their loss…Franco is a really gifted actor. Yes, he's newly out of school. But I have no doubt he has much advice to offer given his enormous success as an actor. "
    _____________________________________________________________

    LOL!!! Oh yeah, I'm sure the Business and Science Graduates were just DYING to hear advice on life from an actor. "Um, ok guys, always make sure you don't eat a lot of carbs and smile when you go into an audition." Yeah, Future Doctors, scientists, social workers, teachers, etc.. would REALLY benefit from that.



  21. 21

    USC!
    USC!
    USC!

  22. m.j says – reply to this


    22

    Who is he??



  23. 23

    Re: Spindoc
    Not trying to be jerky, but I graduated from a big university, and different colleges had different ceremonies. So given that UCLA is enormous, he *probably* would have only been addressing a group of liberal arts majors. Engineers, business grads, educators, etc. generally have separate ceremonies. I have to guess that there were more students that DID want him to speak than didn't want him to speak, but didn't make their voices heard as clearly. It just seems silly to put so much energy into it…oh well.



  24. 24

    oh well. they can find someone else in 2 weeks time.



  25. 25

    I wouldn't have done it either if there were all those students voting AGAINST me doing it. They wanted someone "better", apparently.



  26. 26

    I love James Franco.



  27. 27

    Re: Music Factory

    Yeah I read about that; a ton of people found that James Franco was "unsuitable" (read: not important/famous enough) to be the speaker.

    So now they got their wish. Are you happy UCLA students?



  28. 28

    FIRST: YES, there was groups and petitions to not have him speak, but this is NOT a point considering there exists groups EVERY YEAR debating the speaker

    SECOND: If he did cancel because of these groups, there is NO excuse for the last minute cancelation, he canceled less than 9 days before the graduation, the petitions have existed all year long since the fall when it was announced he would speak

    THIRD: It SHOULD be considered even more insult to injury considering he should understand the hurtful magnitude of a speaker canceling, considering Pres. Clinton cancelled the year HE graduated and his graduating class was super pissed

    FOURTH: Worst, the worst part of him canceling is that it is even more embarressing to UCLA students when they are always sized up against USC , and they had the Gov. speak, and even the other LA school Occidental go the President! And for him to cancel on UCLA is HUGELY embarrassing when comparing schools.
    FOURTH>

  29. UCLA says – reply to this


    29

    Some Seniors at UCLA objected to James Franco as their commencement speaker because they were in classes with him during their Junior and his Senior years. Like any other class mate, he is their academic peer. That is why they felt he was an inappropriate choice. However, their protests started months ago when he was selected as speaker, and had died down as the quarter wore on because the ceremony was coming up. For him to pull out a week and a half before the graduation ceremony based on the opinions of a group of students out of THOUSANDS is pretty outrageous. Bill Clinton was invited last year at Franco's graduation, and had to pull out for his own reasons, which had nothing to do with internal UCLA groups objecting to a Democratic politician as speaker. Whomever they pick any year is going to elicit some flack. But you don't pull out as lead speaker for a HUGE commencement ceremony at the last minute because of

  30. UCLA says – reply to this


    30

    Some Seniors at UCLA objected to James Franco as their commencement speaker because they were in classes with him during their Junior and his Senior years. Like any other class mate, he is their academic peer. That is why they felt he was an inappropriate choice. However, their protests started months ago when he was selected as speaker, and had died down as the quarter wore on because the ceremony was coming up. For him to pull out a week and a half before the graduation ceremony based on the opinions of a group of students out of THOUSANDS is pretty outrageous. Bill Clinton was invited last year at Franco's graduation, and had to pull out for his own reasons, which had nothing to do with internal UCLA groups objecting to a Democratic politician as speaker. Whomever they pick any year is going to elicit some flack. But you don't pull out as lead speaker for a HUGE commencement ceremony at the last minute because of pre-preparation for a film shoot.



  31. 31

    As a UCLA graduating senior I am bummed he's not going to speak. That was the only reason I wanted to go to the commencement ceremony in the first place.



  32. 32

    Isn't two weeks sufficient time to find SOME commencement speaker?
    .
    .
    .
    Maybe he was chosen because he graduated from UCLA but he also has life experience in the actual industry?! And maybe he had some useful advice for the students who were going to be starting out in the real world now they have graduated.



  33. 33

    I am graduating from UCLA this year and I had a Lit class w/ James & he is more or less the ONLY person I would have the attention span to watch speak. Clinton sure, Obama okay, but who speaks for the stoned freaks trapped in hot people bodies? Who will speak to us? What about the geniuses who are never taken seriously because of their chiseled features & killer chic wardrobe? It is more or less true, everyone at our school hates James Franco. Wonderful! Most people at our school are totally hated. They are narrow, awkward and wear ducky pajama pants and the same light blue UCLA sweatshirt EVERY day of the year. When they raise their hand to speak everyone squints and moans and prays from them to shut their stupid uncertain mouths. James wasn't like that. ..listen for more….



  34. 34

    When he raised his hand, we all listened. It was never directly related to the reading (who actually does the shit reading they assign?) but it was something cool like, "I think it is important to understand America's fascination with the Holocaust was originally introduced to them by the PBS mini series Holocaust. Their context is shaped by the strage media depiction of public television." I actually excited in seeing him in the same J Dean Leather Jacket and Italian motorcycle boots. People say he was an ass or a douche. No Way. He handed out I-Pod touch screens to the three hot chicks who took his notes from him in class. I am sure you would have done a whole lot more than scribble quotes with your RSVP pen for an I Pod touchscreen. God, I would have probably contraced syphillis for a touchscreen. So he is hot and successful and gets to smoke the best weed before class. So am I! So did I. In what book does that make us less cool? Less Worthy?



  35. 35

    Also, I will have it be noted that I was planning on giving the student speech. I had every intention of doing it but then… I actually thought about it and.. thought, "that would actually suck a whole lot more than it would rule." Go James. Thinking stuff through. Go, give into the pressure of the Students Against James Facebook! Because by giving into the will of these nerd, tapioca pudding loving students, who live to conform, you are actually defying the system in the coolest way. The cool faculty and students at UCLA will always have a boner for you no matter what jerk move you do…and THAT makes you a hero. In a sense, you just deliverd your speech without words.



  36. 36

    douche bag

  37. Ehyse says – reply to this


    37

    Re: SWEETPIECE! – That's right!!! GO TROJANS!!!

  38. Ehyse says – reply to this


    38

    Re: UCLA – Whatever!!! UCLA is lame!!! GO TROJANS!!!