James Franco described himself as “a little gay,” in a recent interview with New York magazine, and I’m thrilled this ambiguous unit of measurement is one step closer to being publicly legitimized. Franco was asked to address previous statements about having a gay persona in his artwork, to which he replied, “if your definition of gay and straight is who I sleep with, then I guess you could say I’m a gay cock tease,” followed by, “Yeah, I’m a little gay, and there’s a gay James.” A little, meaning not a lot but not nothing, is definitely a phrase I can get behind.
First of all, aren’t we all “a little” gay? I can’t think of a single person who hasn’t done at least one thing that would put them on the spectrum. The phrase “no homo” alone is pretty much the gayest thing you could possibly say.
Second, there are tons of instances in which this applicable. For instance, I would never order an entire plate of fries because usually I want just “a little” of someone else’s. Sure, I’ll eat all of them except for one, but technically we shared. Or how about when you remember “a little” of last night, and by that you mean only the first three seconds of the Uber? Or the time you hooked up with that fugly freshman boy “a little” because you were in a dry spell and no one should really judge you for it because we’ve all been there so get off your high horse, Stacey?
The point is, there’s a gray area, and like James Franco, we should all learn to embrace it.