The Deuce showrunner also called the public's response to the allegations against Franco “hyperbolic"—suggesting that critics and reporters had confused the boundaries of #MeToo stories https://t.co/LYU0KS8b4G— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) October 30, 2019
In a tense new interview, the Deuce showrunner David Simon said there should be clearer distinctions between the accusations against Franco and other #MeToo stories.
Simon critiqued the way the Los Angeles Times handled its initial story and chided critics who have suggested that Franco should be dropped from The Deuce, drawing a line between allegations against the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Les Moonves.
Simon thought people’s reactions to the allegations against Franco were “hyperbolic, because on a very basic level, what James is dealing with, it’s not what we’re seeing in the other cases involving #MeToo. It simply isn’t.”
“The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had—if that were what the accusation involved—the show would not have gone on.”
“I’m not saying there isn’t a story there, but the proportionality got lost. And if you’re telling me the press did a good job on that, I’m sorry, but I’ve done that job, and I know what was here and what wasn’t here, and how it was portrayed.”