What Do These 11 Selfies Say About James Franco?

word of the year

James Franco pens a thoughtful treatise on the selfie for "The New York Times."

Jan 3, 2014 | 03:51 PM

If recent news articles are any indication, 2013 will go down as the “Year of the Selfie” (let’s just all be thankful that it wasn’t the “Year of the Twerk, hm?). Oxford University Press declared it to be the word of the year and the King of Selfies, James Franco, even penned a thoughtful piece for the Arts section of "The New York Times" about the cultural phenomenon called “The Meaning of the Selfie.”

In his article, James describes selfies as a surefire way to get attention on social media. “Attention is power,” he says, “and if you are someone people are interested in, then the selfie provides something very powerful, from the most privileged perspective possible.”

He went on to write, “I’ve found that Instagram works much like the movie business: You’re safe if you trade ‘one for them’ with ‘one for yourself,’ meaning for every photo of a book, painting or poem, I try to post a selfie with a puppy, a topless selfie or a selfie with Seth Rogen… We all have different reasons for posting them, but, in the end, selfies are avatars: Mini-Me’s that we send out to give others a sense of who we are.”

We have to say, he does have a point. But what exactly do James Franco’s selfies say about him? We’ve picked out some of our favorites and tried to put meaning behind the man. Take a look below.

1. He’s brainy (and looks good in glasses).


2. He doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with his siblings.


3. He likes to show off a little. Okay, a lot.


4. He appreciates his support staff.


5. He respects the Mouse.


6. He loves his grandma.


7. He’s proud of his work.


8. He’s good with animals.


9. He supports equal rights for everyone.


10. He loves a good joke.


11. …But not as much as a good selfie.

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