The only Busy book I will be reading is Busy, Busy, World by Richard Scarry. That other Busy book, This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Phillips, is not on my reading list. Why should I bother, the only part I’m interested in, how James Franco is a dick, has already been widely covered. That’s good for me, but Busy isn’t too happy about it. She recently appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and bemoaned the fact that the James Franco story is all anybody wants to focus on in her book.
The incident, where James Franco reportedly pushed Busy to the ground and screamed at her for daring to touch his precious face on the set of Freaks and Geeks, happened a long time ago. And Busy casually mentioned it on WWHL back in 2016 so thought nothing of putting it in the book. But that was before The Wreckoning. Now that James Franco is on a number of #metoo shit lists, of course stories of him being an asshole brute on set are going to connect! Busy must have known this, but instead of taking the “W” in terms of book sales and publicity, she’s complaining that nobody wants to talk about her kids’ stuffed animals or whatever the hell else her book is about. Of Franco getting all the attention, Busy said (via Vulture):
“It really bummed me out because I felt like, I’m a woman in this industry who wrote a very personal book about my experiences in life and in this industry, and the headlines were all about a man. I was like, that was my point the whole time.”
Busy also posted on Instagram about her issues with not being respected as an author in a Hollywood Reporter interview.
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I sat with the @hollywoodreporter last week to discuss my book This Will Only Hurt A Little and my new late night talk show @busytonighttv and the link is in my profile if you care to read. They initially had a clickbait headline that’s now been changed and I’m glad for that. On that note, my book is 308 pages, not one paragraph. The Franco story is used to illustrate a larger point about the way women are treated in this business and in life. There are no "allegations" and no "accusations". It's a story that I have been telling for years. James apologized. I accepted. And I still get to tell it because it fucking happened to me. Here's a quote from the Hollywood Reporter article, "In the book, you get into how James Franco was difficult to work with on the set of Freaks and Geeks. Busy: It wasn't even outrageous. At the time, 19 and with my first professional acting job, I was under the impression that this was just the way things were. James and I have talked about it over the years. At one point he apologized to me. I was always acutely aware of my expendability, and so I felt I needed to never complain, always show up on time and not be difficult. If someone else was being difficult, it was my job to be the easy one or figure out a way to soothe the situation." Sending you light and love, bbs. ❤️ Also. The pictures are REALLY PRETTY.❤️
Look, I don’t want to talk about James Franco ad nauseam either. So I’ll give Busy what she wants. Here’s a promo for her new TV show called Busy Tonight. I’ve got to warm her though, I don’t think she’s going to like what I have to say about this either.
This candy-colored basic mommy with an “edge” thing is just not my bag. If this is what her show is like, I’m pretty sure her book’s not for me either. What’s the opposite of “Yaaas!”? Is it, “It’s a no for me, dog”? If so, then that.
Here’s Busy on WWHL discussing her issues with the coverage of her book.