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Today in Celebrity Political Tourism: James Franco Visits Hong Kong Protests

James Franco is following in the footsteps of Kenny G, the smooth sax legend. And, no, I don’t mean he’s just making a mockery of his chosen genre, though that may very well lie in the uber-narcissist’s future. Franco visited Hong Kong on Friday and made an appearance at the encampment of the city’s beleaguered ...

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James Franco is following in the footsteps of Kenny G, the smooth sax legend. And, no, I don’t mean he’s just making a mockery of his chosen genre, though that may very well lie in the uber-narcissist’s future. Franco visited Hong Kong on Friday and made an appearance at the encampment of the city’s beleaguered pro-democracy movement.

The city’s protesters have fallen on hard times in recent weeks. Police have been clearing their barricades, and opinion polls show support for the student-led movement dissipating in Hong Kong.

Franco, meanwhile, was apparently in town for a party hosted by Gucci, and I suppose it makes a kind of perverse sense that this poet, performance artist, actor, academic, and model would put in an appearance at pro-democracy protest. Because that’s the kind of everything-and-nothing image that sells cologne by the bucketload.

Here’s what a Gucci-sponsored stroll through the Admiralty looks like.

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Elias Groll is a staff writer at Foreign Policy covering cyberspace, its conflicts, and controversies. @eliasgroll

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