Dear Violet Paley,
Oh, how I do hope you read this letter that I’ve taken the time to write. I don’t know you and it’s safe to say that you don’t know me. I only know OF you, due to your allegations of sexual misconduct against James Franco just after the Golden Globes. Do you remember the tweets you posted?
I’ll admit, I only give a shit about your tweets because James Franco is my favorite celebrity. Not because of his good looks, but because of his brain. His work ethic. His will power to put himself out there with things he loves to do. His massive amounts of success in his life. He’s the reason I became an author. He’s an inspiring human being.
When I was tagged on Facebook yesterday in an article showing your tweets, and what you said he’d done, I felt bad for you. Honestly. Even though I’m a Franco fan. I didn’t think he’d be that crude of a person, but I’d never accuse someone of lying about such a BIG ISSUE; especially an alleged victim.
Until this morning, when I laid eyes on the Tweets I’ve posted above. Those are from your account. Seeing as how I am an educated and well read individual, I can see that no where in them do you mention James Franco’s name, but character speaks volumes about a person, and yours doesn’t seem very appealing.
It’s funny. Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m an author. I have been for a while, though I just made this account when I assumed my pen name. Do you know what that is? It means I don’t write using my real name. All my friends are Indie Authors. Many talented individuals. We bust our asses every single day on our manuscripts and works in progress. Some of us have been lucky enough to be published; others of us are still struggling to get there. Most of us are unknown to the world as of now, and I hope one day that all of us find the success we work so hard for.
But you..You’re a household name today just because you said a celebrity made you look at his penis during a consensual relationship. I don’t know if I envy your instant rise to fame, or if I fucking loathe you, though I’m thinking probably the latter. Oh, that means I think I probably loathe you.
Do you know that a small accusation like the one you made could potentially ruin a life? I’m not saying it happened or didn’t. I wasn’t there. I’m just saying it doesn’t look good, and as a crime writer and someone obsessed with criminology, I read between the lines quite a bit.
You tweeting about harassment and then posting things like, “I like planning to ruin someone’s life the moment I meet them”, or, “Who Should rape me? Trump or Cosby?” is almost the same as robbing someone then using his or her credit card at the 7/11. It’s what you call incriminating. I realize your tweets above were posted in September, but that doesn’t change the fact that it makes you look less than credible.
There are woman out there who actually have been violated, and are speaking out, and it’s a hard thing for them to do. Attention seekers like yourself are ruining the legitimacy of their claims. Did you at any point think of how all those women would feel if it came to light that you were just “being a troll”? I’ll bet you didn’t.
If you are lying, and from the bottom of my heart I truly believe you are, did you think about how it would make James Franco himself feel? Or do you just not give a shit? It must truly suck to be in his shoes right now, when he should be feeling happy about how well his life seems to be going. I only hope he isn’t bothered much by it, but who wouldn’t be? Edit: From what I’ve read, he’s in a pretty bad place right now. I hope you’re happy, and the other’s too. I don’t know if they’re being truthful or not, though I feel as though their situations were a misunderstanding.
I realize you aren’t his only accuser, but the other allegations are things I haven’t seen much of. They may or not be lies as well, but yours definitely appear to be distasteful attempts at whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish.
I’ll go ahead and say that if I’m wrong in what is only my opinion, I’m sorry, but I don’t feel like I’m wrong. I feel like it’s you who owes James Franco an apology.
You got lucky. Mr. Franco spoke on Stephen Colbert last night about the allegations. Did you see it, or was it on after your bed time? Anyway, He says the accusations are inaccurate, yet he has too much class(or maybe he’s just that good of a fucking person) to speak an ill word against anyone who said anything about him. He said he fully supports everything going on.
If it were me, I’d have called you a lying bitch right there on TV. Maybe I’m pissed because I’ve been a victim before, but as a young toddler, my voice couldn’t be heard, and the man walked free, and still to this day walks free.
So when I think someone, ANYONE, not just James Franco, is being wrongfully accused of something that serious, it fucking pisses me off. The same goes for when I feel someone is LYING about being a victim.
I hope you grow up and do something with your life to earn real success, rather than getting your name known by hurting other people. I don’t even think maybe you’re a bad person. I just think you’re immature and selfish.
I’ve got so much more to say about this situation, but I have a novel to write, and a job to go to. Feel free to respond.
Also, I saw last night, a video of you, joking about “fucking young Sheldon”. A child. Who would be the victim in that circumstance?
Perhaps women such as Violet Paley need an outlet outside of Social Media; a place staffed with confidantes where they can go to make their claims in private, so they can be investigated and the men can keep their dignity until proven guilty. This is what being a woman and speaking out against sexual harassment is? We use our voices to stand up and shit on men? Why is it that the accuser, not victim, ACCUSER, is automatically praised for standing up and speaking out, while the man’s name is stomped into the ground. The Double Standard is ridiculous, and when a good movement such as #MeToo and #TimesUp is used as a platform of hate against ANYONE, we need to rethink what exactly it is we stand for. I’d rather stand up for equality for everyone and use my voice to speak against hate, not cause it. I’m ashamed to be a woman and I’m ashamed to have been sexually assaulted myself, though I never refer to myself as a victim.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Sexual Misconduct: Any conduct of a sexual nature that is without consent, or has the effect of threatening or intimidating the person against whom such conduct is directed
Perhaps we should figure out where to draw the line in this specific, yet vague term, before we open our mouths. It’s unfortunate. Sexual Misconduct can be anything a woman says it is.
Thanks for reading.
-KJ MARSHALL (email@example.com)