James Franco's high school removes his painted mural after sexual allegations
Time’s Up and #MeToo movement took wind in Hollywood but its repercussion have now gone beyond the industry. As more and more powerful names get mentioned in sexual accusation from the industry, common man is taking it personally to remove the accused’s trace from public life. The first victim to face this was Harvey Weinstein when he got slapped in a Florida restaurant by a diner.
Following Weinstein’s incident, another accused of sexual assaults, actor James Franco is bearing the brunt of his alleged actions. Franco’s high school, of which he had been an active member even after graduation has reportedly taken down a mural painted by the actor. The Superintendent of Palo Alto High School, Karen Hendricks clarified the school’s removal to be done “in the best interests of our students in light of our educational mission,” in a statement. The school, well aware of the allegations made by five women against the Spiderman star, did not mention his name.
The school’s newspaper however had mentioned the accusations to be the reason behind the removal of the pictures when it quoted Principal Kim Diorio, “These are still allegations. He’s denied those allegations and hasn’t been charged with a crime.” But she did confirm the removal, “I made the decision we’ll take down the mural.”
While the school may have removed his artwork, it did not disregard the contributions the actor had made towards the school in the form of acting workshops, interviews and attendance at school events.
“James Franco donated multiple pieces of artwork and two murals to the Palo Alto High School campus” read the statement mentioning that the art work is “now being transitioned”.