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NYU Professor Fired For Giving James Franco a ‘D’

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A former NYU Professor, Jose Angel Santana, is suing the University claiming that he was fired for giving Actor James Franco a “D” in his class. Jose taught James in his “Directing the Actor” class.

Jose filed a wrongful termination lawsuit saying that he was fired for not giving James special treatment. James himself missed 12 of the 14 classes. Getting a “D” for only attending TWO of the 14 classes sounds like special treatment. Jose says other professors played favorites with James and excused his attendance record.

“In my opinion, they’ve turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy. The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.”

James was taking the course when he was filming “127 Hours,” which would be a good reason to miss the class, but if you know you are making a movie, why wouldn’t you just drop the class and take it when your schedule opened up?

A University spokesman said in a statement,

“We have not seen the lawsuit yet, but the claims we are seeing in the media are ridiculous. Beyond that, it is regrettable and disappointing to see a faculty member — former or otherwise — discuss any student’s grade for the purpose of personal publicity.”

We hear this a lot with athletes; teachers and professors giving them passing grades so they can stay on the team. Not saying that James needs a passing grade to continue being an actor, but in my own opinion no one should get special treatment. You are there to learn, and if you know everything about the course, then you should easily pass, right?

Do you think celebrities should get special treatment at places?

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