Morgan Spurlock made a name for himself with bold stunts that cut to larger societal problems. It’s not exactly eating McDonald’s for a month straight, but it makes sense that the filmmaker would admit his past sexual misconduct with a confounding, preemptive strike.
On Wednesday evening Spurlock tweeted “I Am Part of the Problem,” and linked to a 961-word essay about sexual misconduct. He begins: “when will they come for me?”
His admissions are vague and defensive. A woman said he raped her in college, he writes, but then says he was shocked about it and writes a sympathetic scene between consenting adults. He says he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit eight years ago, but that his harassment was only verbal and he thought it was a collegial joke. He’d yell “sex pants” to a woman who worked for him across the office.
He admits to being unfaithful in marriage and relationships.
Then he writes about the sexual abuse suffered when he was a child and a teen. He writes about his father leaving his mother. He writes about his rampant drinking. He doesn’t draw a direct connection but points to institutions and suggests these systemic issues in society are partly responsible for his actions.
Then he pivots to activism.
I am part of the problem. We all are.
But I am also part of the solution. By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself. We should all find the courage to admit we’re at fault.