Super Size Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock took a different approach to the industry-wide sexual assault stories that have been surfacing by openly admitting his years of wrongdoing on social media. He made the announcement on Twitter in a TwitLonger post, detailing several instances in his life and trying to understand the motives behind his actions.
I am Part of the Problem— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) December 14, 2017
He writes about a time when a woman in college accused him of raping her. She wrote a short story about him in her writing class and called him out by name:
"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.
In another, he talks about a verbal harassment in his office that happened eight years ago. While he wasn’t groping or touching her, the things he said to her were just as horrible:
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.
So, when she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone. 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.
Finally, he admits to cheating on every wife and girlfriend he has ever had:
And then there’s the infidelity. I have been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had. Over the years, I would look each of them in the eye and proclaim my love and then have sex with other people behind their backs.
I hurt them. And I hate it. But it didn’t make me stop. The worst part is, I’m someone who consistently hurts those closest to me. From my wife, to my friends, to my family, to my partners & co-workers. I have helped create a world of disrespect through my own actions.
In conclusion, Spurlock tries to break down how he became this way. He confesses to drinking since he was 13, and not being sober for more than a week in 30 years. He hopes that admitting he’s at fault will encourage himself to be a better person.
More than anything, I’m hopeful that I can start to rebuild the trust and the respect of those I love most. I'm not sure I deserve it, but I will work everyday to earn it back.
On Twitter, he confirms that he is seeking help and will do everything in his power to learn from his past mistakes.
Unbelievable courage to speak up, but you didn't say anything about seeking help. You're obviously an addict. Also, really hope you talked to the ppl you abused (family included) before posting this.— Kimberlee Lenz (@KimberleeLenz) December 14, 2017
Am seeking help - thanks Kimberlee. https://t.co/hWAwg8t4tt— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) December 14, 2017
So do better. Donate your name, time, and money into getting more women in office.— Fantastic Mr. Fox🦊 (@RedFoxHeart) December 14, 2017
Will do everything I can to do better https://t.co/KUbwA3pCS0— Morgan Spurlock (@MorganSpurlock) December 14, 2017