Morgan Spurlock’s “Supersize me 2” will no longer be streamed on YouTube Red. The decision was made after Spurlock confessed in Twitter post that he was “part of the problem” of an environment of sexual harassment for 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?’ I wonder, “when will they come for me?” Spurlock wrote in the post.
The director went on to describe a confusing past experience he had in college.
When I was in college, a girl who I hooked up with on a one night stand accused me of rape. Not outright. There were no charges or investigations, but she wrote about the instance in a short story writing class and called me by name. A female friend who was in the class told be about it afterwards.
“That’s not what happened!” I told her. This wasn’t how I remembered it at all. In my mind, we’d been drinking all night and went back to my room. We began fooling around, she pushed me off, then we laid in the bed and talked and laughed some more, and then began fooling around again. We took off our clothes. She said she didn’t want to have sex, so we laid together, and talked, and kissed, and laughed, and then we started having sex.
“Light Bright,” she said.
“Light bright. That kids toy, that’s all I can see and think about,” she said … and then she started to cry. I didn’t know what to do. We stopped having sex and I rolled beside her. I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better. I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better. She believed she was raped.
Further down in the post, Spurlock admits to settling a sexual harassment allegation 8 years ago that took place at his office.
It wasn’t a gropy feely harassment. It was verbal, and it was just as bad, he wrote.
I would call my female assistant “hot pants” or “sex pants” when I was yelling to her from the other side of the office. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.
Spurlock later states that it is this past behavior that makes him “part of the problem” for women.
Soon after the post, YouTube Red announced that it would be dropping the industry veteran’s film from streaming on their service.
“We feel for all of the women impacted by the recent statements made by Morgan Spurlock. In light of this situation, we have decided not to distribute “Super Size Me 2” on YouTube Red,” a Youtube Red spokesperson announced in a statement shortly after the post.
Now Morgan Spurlock’s former company, the New York-based Warrior Poets, has yanked his film Super Size Me 2 from Sundance.
“Due to Morgan Spurlock stepping down from Warrior Poets, we, the partners, have decided that this is not the appropriate time for “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Therefore, we will be removing the documentary from the festival’s slate.” a separate release signed by Jeremy Chilnick & Matthew Galkin of Warrior Poets expressed.
Soon after, the Sundance Film Institute released a statement of its own: “We fully support these decisions by the film’s teams. We were saddened to read Morgan Spurlock’s recent admissions. We empathize deeply with the many people affected — especially the women who were impacted.”
Since the post, many have flocked to Twitter to express their opinion on the director’s decision to go public with the past events of his life. And despite the reaction from YouTube and Warrior Poets, many of the posts have been fairly supportive. Of course, there are just as many that have been the exact opposite.
Spurlock ended his post with a promise:
I will do better. I will be better. I believe we all can.
The only individual I have control over is me. So starting today, I’m going to be more honest with you and myself. I’m going to lay it all out in the open. Maybe that will be a start. Who knows. But I do know I’ve talked enough in my life … I’m finally ready to listen