James Franco Responds To All Those Obnoxious Gay Jokes

“I mean, I wish I was… I wish I was gay.”

1. At the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, which aired on Sept. 2, the actor endured joke after joke at his own expense.

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2. Correction: He endured gay joke after gay joke.

The total count was actually 26 gay jokes — because that joke just doesn’t get old.

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3. Guess what? He didn’t take it personally.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Franco had a chance to respond to all those hilarious knee-slappers.

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4. Confirming his perfection as a human being, Franco stated:

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7. Did you catch all that?

There’s two sides to what happened in the Roast. If that’s what they were going to make fun of me for, I was like, “Great! Bring on the gay jokes!” because these aren’t insults at all. I don’t even care if people think I’m gay, so it was like, “Awesome!” I mean, I wish I was…I wish I was gay.

9. The actor also touched upon his ever-expanding public persona:

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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