(He's also been dogged by gay rumors in recent years.) After appearing as Sean Penn's lover in "Milk," Franco appeared in drag at the Oscars and on a magazine cover; he co-directed a film called "Interior.
Leather Bar," based on deleted footage from the 1980s gay-S/M thriller "Cruising." In an interview with a gay publication (pegged to the release of Disney's update of the "Wizard of Oz" franchise), Franco declared: "One of the things that’s very much part of my public image is the question of my sexuality.
It’s not something that bothers me in the slightest.
It hasn’t gone away and I get asked about it from all sides.
Chris Christie, the issue is now being argued in court).
The upside for Booker, already a popular politician, to speak out against homophobia is high on a statewide level, just as Franco's able to cultivate his fan base by asking America to confront what a gay person looks like.
But though the actor and the Senate candidate have played into gay rumors to differing degrees, with Franco purposefully trying to create the impression that he's, specifically, gay and Booker just indulging a taste for the finer things (pedicures, platonic friendships with Arianna Huffington and Gayle King).
However, the pair share an interest in challenging preconceptions at once for a more open society and for personal gain.
They've been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o'clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure." (Booker had previously told a fashion magazine that late-night pedicures are "transformative" -- and that he'd first gotten them with an ex-girlfriend.) Booker has it both ways in an artful manner that suits his rapid rise in the political establishment, though the point he's making is entirely new: He's at once flirtatiously in touch with his feminine side in a manner that is seen by those who see the world in stereotypes as "gay" or less than "guy-ish," and straight.Once in an interview with in 2013, Cory explained his relationship with King in this way: We might not know about their relationship ever.But we can surely say from Cory’s tone that she is more than just a friend to him."I think it's very provocative, in a good, post-gay way," said Richard Socarides, political strategist and former Clinton administration adviser."He is challenging voters, really leading by example, saying in effect, it really should not matter, it does not matter to me and should not to you.