Newswire: Counterpoint: James Franco likes McDonald’s

Beneath every article discussing McDonald’s recent woes—declining sales, problems connecting with millennials, suing to continue paying its workers a pittance to sculpt its salted meat-piles, sexy Hamburglars—you will find comments from people offering the counterpoint that, hey, they like McDonald’s. They consistently meet their lowered expectations, and their fries are good. Most of the time, these people are not James Franco. However, given Franco’s polymath tendencies, eventually they are, as seen in today’s Washington Post.

In an op-ed titled “McDonald’s Was There For Me When No One Else Was,” Franco assesses the multibillion-dollar corporation’s efforts to fight these growing calls for it to provide living wages and healthier food, concluding that he doesn’t know anything about all that. “All I know is that when I needed McDonald’s, McDonald’s was there for me,” James Franco writes, before spinning a romantic …

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