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James Franco keeps himself busy with countless artistic pursuits simultaneously, but he was caught unknowingly pursuing an underage girl via Instagram this week, as screenshots of their conversation surfaced online.
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A message attributed to be from him asks, "What's the hotel? "I was feeling awkward -- I didn't want to come on the show and just feel awkward," he said.
"I'm embarrassed, and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky.
For example, a piece in the Daily Beast last week argued that men are harassed more often than women online. The starting point for the article, written by Cathy Young, is a recent survey by British think tank Demos that found that male celebrities are recipients of more abuse overall on Twitter than their female counterparts.
This was a relatively narrow and unrepresentative study.
I don't want them to do the same thing to other people.
News about cyber-misogyny has steadily increased during the past year, since the publication of Amanda Hess’ “Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet,” but many people challenge the notion that women’s online harassment is a matter of specific and particular concern.
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