#metoo Super Sized
2017 will forever be remembered as perhaps the most iconic year of the decade.
The #metoo movement became a viral moment that started an avalanche of surviver stories that took down famous men all over the entertainment industry.
Giants that seemed untouchable such as Harvey Weinstein were finally taken down after years salacious sexual misconduct.
It seemed after decades of letting powerful men get away with anything they wanted, we as a global community finally had enough.
Super Sized Guilt
As men were being taken down left and right, director Morgan Spurlock sat at home and wondered when his time would come. He wrote on his blog,
“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?’’
Along with this sentiment, he wrote a detailed blog post of all the times he had engaged in sexually inappropriate actions against women.
These acts ranged from cheating on his wives, to possible rape, to sexually inappropriate behaviour around the office.
In addition to his blog post he posted to Twitter,
“I am part of the problem”
Then stepped down from his company the next day.
Yet another blow to YouTube Red
The sequel to his smash hit ‘Super Size Me’, titled ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken’ was released in 2017.
It premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it came second runner up for ‘People’s Choice Award for Documentaries’.
YouTube saw a chance and pounced.
They inked a 3.5 million dollar distribution deal with the hit film. Their plan was to add the hit film to their struggling YouTube Red platform.
Then out of nowhere, Spurlock threw himself into the eye of the #metoo hurricane as it was reaching it peak.
While no women were stepping forward and naming him, he named himself.
YouTube had seen a chance, and had paid a lot for that chance. But instead of releasing it to their platform, they had to drop the film in solidarity with the #metoo survivers.
Sundance Film Festival also dropped the film.
Spurlock was dropped from his production company and the film went dark, lost in the abyss.
18 Months Later
The offending men of the #metoo moment have all been taken down and their careers completely flatlined.
They’ve remained silent and willed to be forgotten.
Morgan Spurlock and ‘Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken’ are back. A new trailer was dropped on YouTube, signalling the films revival.
The film that was shelved in 2017 has been given a theatrical release for September 19th of this year.
So is it time?
Some argue that beyond confession, Spurlock hasn’t done enough to atone for what he’s done.
But is it about us? Or is it about the woman he victimised, and how they feel.
As a society, how mad do we get to be? And how long do we get to hold on for?
All of these men are still alive, free and walking around.
They’ve still got to eat, they still pay rent for their mansions.
So I presume they’re sitting around, burning through their significant savings while they just wait for everything to blow over before they get back to work.
So the question is,
do they get to go back to work?
Should they switch careers and become waiters or construction workers? What other skills do they have?
Ultimately, I believe they’re all going to return to the world eventually, in some capacity.
So if the question isn’t if, then it has to be when.
Spurlock looks to be setting a precedent.
He’s releasing a film under his own name after being part of #metoo — which is a huge deal.
He’s the first one to step out from under the shadow and return to the world.
So if this goes well, then who knows?
He’s testing the water. If the water turns out to be warm, who else will jump back into the pool?
Time will tell.