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UCLA Students Unite to Expel James Franco

3/19/2009 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

When James Franco wakes up from his mid-lecture nap at Columbia, he'll find out he's been selected to speak at the upcoming UCLA graduation ceremony -- and some of the students couldn't be more pissed off!!

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Some bitter Bruins launched the "UCLA Students Against James Franco as Commencement Speaker" group on Facebook, attacking the actor's "wisdom" -- or lack thereof -- because he only graduated from the school last year.

The group, already 210 members strong, states "Clearly, this is ridiculous. Anyone who has been in his classes knows he is an average student." They also claim Franco lacks "the wisdom and perspective such a speaker is meant to provide the graduates."

At the end of their digi-rant, the group does throw Franco a bone, saying "He is a very talented actor, and clearly did well enough at UCLA to get into Columbia. We merely protest that he is not an appropriate choice for our graduation speaker."

We didn't call Franco for comment, because we didn't want to wake him up.

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jen    

LOL..WHO CARES! ITS COLLEGE EVERYONE SLEEPS OR SKIPS CLASS!! ATLEAST HE SHOWED UP! IF HE DOES HIS WORK AND GETS GOOD GRADES THEN HE SHOULD SPEAK!

1940 days ago
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omg!    

who cares really? if they school wants to have him speak then so be it. don't like it? dont go to the school

1940 days ago
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C    

Jeez...jealous much?

1940 days ago
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To Rick    

UCLA Bruins are losers! Hey Franco may not be Einstein, but he's more successful than any of you will ever be. Stop posting on Facebook and get back to studying!

1940 days ago
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josi    

I love James Franco and he is hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These people are just jealous of his success and his acting talent. STOP MAKING YOUR POSTS ON FACEBOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1940 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

Insight? What miracle would have to take place for anyone under 25 to possess anything remotely resembling insight?
Get off it, Bruins. Franco's take would be no less enthralling than any of your vacuous attempts - crybabies.
Mommy, help! My wittle Bruin pee-pee hoits!

1940 days ago
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heather    

wow. if i was james i would have been very grateful to have been asked but would have turned down the offer in embarrassment. how much more painfully obvious does it have to be that he isn't qualified to be a commencement speaker??? what starstruck tween in finding the speakers for UCLA??? weird.

1940 days ago
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kelkel    

Lame. I fell asleep in college during class. It happens.

1940 days ago
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Nikki M    

I think the previous commenters are missing the point. Speakers are people like Clinton (who was president) or Nobel prize winners, or acclaimed scientists, doctors etc. Not someone who graduated one year earlier and had mediocre grades. I like James Franco, but I have to agree, he is not the kind of speaker that should be at the graduation. The students are being jipped out of a good speaker.

1940 days ago
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Princess Ali Baba    

There probably wasn't one student that was more than "average" protesting Franco's offer to speak. Some people are never happy. The only mistake Franco made was attending UCLA. I am sure the Trojans would of been proud to have such an accomplished talented actor come speak at their school. But then again, SC is in a class of it's own....

1940 days ago
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HEY IDIOTS!    

#10: couldn't agree more!! Wake up people... or get an education yourself!

1940 days ago
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hehe    

lol some people on here lack reading comprehension

1940 days ago
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J    

does anyone listen to the commencement speakers? it's not like what they hear at the ceremony is going to shape their entire future....

1940 days ago
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MARY    

I think the fact they are boycotting James Franco is ridiculous. Yes, it may not be a Nobel Prize Winner or the founder of Craig's List, but isn't the point of a commencement speaker to have a fellow successful alum of the school come back and talk about their experiences? I think if it were any other school, this wouldn't even be a topic of discussion. The students at UCLA obviously have some ridiculous notion of entitlement and don't appreciate the fact they they'll have a talented, intelligent, and well known speaker for their graduation ceremony. Think back to your own commencement ceremonies....I couldn't even tell you who spoke at mine because, for the most part, they weren't well known at all! But you can be sure if we were lucky enough to get someone like James Franco, we would sure remember that experience. So, quit bitchin UCLA students. You've had so many other respectable people in the past, and you almost got Bill Clinton last year. Because it could be way worse....like someone who isn't well known at all (gasp!)

1940 days ago
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M    

I see what they are saying but they totally lost points when they posted that pic of him nodded off. It's a pointless and rude way to get your view out, I think they should all have to take a success strategies and etiquette class before they graduate. To tell you the truth, they are coming across as catty little teenagers with no experience, which makes Franco seem like he's the one who is best suited for the job.

Not a Franco fan, he's ok.

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