Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Super Size Me star Morgan Spurlock has confessed to a pattern of disrespectful behavior towards women including being accused of rape and settling a sexual harassment claim. The writer and director posted a lengthy essay on TwitLonger last night entitled "I am part of the problem.
Spurlock confessed to have cheated on all his previous partners Image: Getty The incident was not reported to police but Spurlock said the woman made the allegation and named him as the alleged culprit in a short story writing class. Spurlock said he had believed the encounter was consenual. He also admitted to paying a settlement to a former assistant after he "demeaned and belittled" her, repeatedly referring to her as "hot pants" or "sexy pants" in front of other staff.
Spurlock said when she quit and threatened to sue, he "paid for her silence". The documentary maker also confessed to having cheated on every girlfriend or partner he's ever had, including both his former and current wife. Spurlock said he felt compelled to confess after recent stories regarding sexual harassment Image: EVT Speculating about the cause of his behaviour, Spurlock claimed he was sexually abused as a teenager and has struggled with depression and alcoholism most of his life.
It chronicles an experiment in which he ate nothing but McDonald's, three times a day, for thirty days. I am part of the problem. Over my life, there have been many instances that parallel what we see everyday in the news. When I was in college, a girl who I hooked up with on a one night stand accused me of rape.
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. 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. 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. Then there was the time I settled a sexual harassment allegation at my office. It was verbal, and it was just as bad. Something I thought was funny at the time, but then realized I had completely demeaned and belittled her to a place of non-existence.
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. 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. And I hate it. I have helped create a world of disrespect through my own actions. And I am part of the problem.
What caused me to act this way? Is it all ego? Or was it the sexual abuse I suffered as a boy and as a young man in my teens? Abuse that I only ever told to my first wife, for fear of being seen as weak or less than a man?
Is it because my father left my mother when I was child? Or that she believed he never respected her, so that disrespect carried over into their son? And the sexual daliances?
Or did they only serve to try to make a weak man feel stronger. None of these things matter when you chip away at someone and consistently make them feel like less of a person. But I am also part of the solution. I'm not sure I deserve it, but I will work everyday to earn it back. I will do better. I will be better. I believe we all can. The only individual I have control over is me.
Maybe that will be a start. But I do know I've talked enough in my life I'm finally ready to listen Like us on Facebook.