The creator of Super Size Me has come forward Wednesday admitting to a past filled with sexual misconduct.
Morgan Spurlock is a documentary director and filmmaker best known for starring in the docudrama Super Size Me where he ate nothing but McDonald’s restaurant food for a month. The movie has been hailed as single-handedly revolutionizing the fast food industry to include healthier options as well as increase transparency for nutrition info.
We all can agree that his work has been a positive influence in the world, but as Spurlock says in his Twitter post, he’s also “part of the problem” for how he treats women.
“As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’,” Spurlock begins. “I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?'”
In a longer article linked to his Twitter post, Spurlock details two instances of previous misconduct toward women.
The first was in his college days, where after a night of heavy drinking he went home with a woman who twice said she did not want to have sex. Spurlock persisted, believing that after some time of talking and laughing she would change her mind. Eventually they did copulate, but afterward, she started to cry.
“There were no charges or investigations, but she wrote about the instance in a short story writing class and called me by name,” Spurlock wrote. “I thought I was doing OK, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped.”
The other was during his professional life. Eight years ago Spurlock settled a sexual harassment suit with a former female assistant. He had continually called her “hot pants” and “sexy pants” around the office, a term he found funny but she found demeaning.
When she finally decided to quit, she demanded a cash settlement or else she’d sue.
“Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid. I paid for peace of mind. I paid for her silence and cooperation. Most of all, I paid so I could remain who I was.”
Worst of all, Spurlock wrote, how he had been “unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.” Spurlock then goes on to speculate as to the source of his behavior, at times blaming childhood abuse and alcoholism, writing he hasn’t been sober “for more than a week in 30 years”.
The post ends before he could explain what steps he’s taking to make good on his indiscretions. Luckily, Twitter was right there with helpful suggestions.
Spurlock’s latest documentary, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, details how many of McDonald’s changes were more about being perceived as healthy rather than actually becoming health conscious.
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