Teddy Wayne’s fantastic new novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, is a story about an 11-year-old mega pop star’s quest to understand his personal identity, despite the construction of his image in the commercial music industry. James Franco’s life story is about a 34-year-old mega movie star’s quest to confuse everyone about his identity in the commercial acting industry. The two were bound to overlap. Naturally, this overlap involves dolls.
Earlier this month, James Franco posted a WhoSay photo of himself reading Wayne’s book alongside a James Franco doll.
Then the actor photographed the book and his puppet again, this time accompanied by what appears to be a dominatrix Barbie.
What could James Franco possibly be trying to say about James Franco? Our five guesses about what’s going on in those photos:
1. Wayne’s book represents Franco’s desire to be known as a person who reads books, and the dolls represent Franco’s feeling that he is a puppet of pop culture. The Barbie represents James Franco’s latest documentary, Kink.
2. These photos are part of a homework assignment for a Wellesely course he’s taking in his free time called Heteronormativity and Puppets: The Life of Justin Bieber.
3. Franco is going method for an episode of Days of Our Lives in which Franco takes up a job as a puppeteer. He later discovers the puppet is both his father and his twin.
5. This is a passive aggressive message to his publicist to just. Leave. Him. Alone.
Do you have any theories about this important mystery? Leave them in the comments!