James Franco tweeted—then deleted—a dig at Oscars joke writer Bruce Vilanch today. The tweet carried a link to James' WhoSay account, where he had posted an image responding to Villanch badmouthing him to New York magazine's Vulture blog. Villanch said James was unprepared for the Oscars ("he has so many balls in the air, he didn't get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday"), and lacked the raw ability to pull it off:
I don't think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it. I think he thought he would kind of ... I don't know what he thought. I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it. But it's outside of those guys' comfort zones. The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, 'Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened... ' Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories.
Franco deleted his scribbly response shortly after he tweeted it. (Luckily, Vulture had already saved an image of it.) Maybe he didn't want to waste the gay karma he earned tweeting a picture of his maybe-penis by insulting the Divine Miss M? [NYM, NYM, @jamesfranco]