James Franco Spoofs Justin Bieber (VIDEO)

James Franco lip-syncs to Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend,' only to delete the parody.

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Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Or is it?

Spring Breakers star James Franco posted a video of himself, alongside Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson, with the former impersonating pop star Justin Bieber.

Franco, 34, hams it up for the camera, singing the Biebs' "Boyfriend," while Benson dances provocatively around him.

What makes this video controversial?

Franco and Benson, 23, are starring in Spring Breakers -- out in US theaters March 8 -- alongside Beiber's on-and-off-again flame Selena Gomez.

Is it a dig at their costar? Use the comments to chime in below.

The release of the video, albeit after Franco deleted it, comes at an awkward time for Bieber, who is currently weather a storm after photos emerged of him smoking whatwhat appears to be a marijuana blunt at a Jan. 2 party in a Newport Beach, Calif., hotel.

Though his team has not addressed the controversy, 18-year-old Bieber seemed to touch on the topic on Twitter. “Everyday growing and learning. trying to be better,” he wrote. “u get knocked down, u get up.”
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