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SUPER SIZE ME (DEBUNKED)

morgan-spurlock-200405040446027Damn you Morgan Spurlock! Replace "America's fast-food obsession" with "blogs", and replace "you" with "me," and you pretty much have Blogumentary. At least, the Blogumentary in my head. You're funny, informative, and even intimately revealing. Hell, your blonde vegan girlfriend even looks like my sweetie. Let the record show I'm not ripping you off. Rather, let's say "great minds think alike" and leave it at that.

I watched Super Size Me with a critical eye, partly colored by Rob Nelson's pointed review. Rob's point is a good one though - we don't hear much from the poor obese blurred-face people who keep McD's in business.

Morgan is not without harsher detractors:

I don't know what this Spurlock fellow's issue was, but I think it probably comes down to him being a pussy. He strikes me as the kind of cracka-ass cracka who, before he started this little experiment, subsisted on a diet of leaves and seeds.

Since he decided to attack McDonalds, a staple in the African American community (face it, niggas need McDonalds like McDonalds needs niggas), people act like he's some kind of maverick left wing genius. [...] Rather than, say make a film where he hunts and kills John Ashcroft, he makes a film that attacks McDonalds, which is mostly consumed by poor people and, most importantly, tastes fantastic.

Filmmaker Soso Whaley is setting out to "Debunk the Junk". She also ate exclusively at McDonalds for 30 days, but unlike Spurlock, she counted calories and exercised. The result? 5 pounds thinner. There's plenty more debunking to be had at The Super Size Con.

Sure, nobody's sticking a gun to your head and saying "Super Size it!" We have to take responsibility for our own actions. The thing is, McDonald's is cramming their shit in your face everywhere you look and claiming it's healthy! Super Size Me may never be seen by the people who most need to see it. But I left this thoroughly entertaining film thinking "Hmm, maybe I should eat better."

And that's a good thing.

I wish those fries weren't so damn tasty.

May 21, 2004 at 01:38 AM in Film | Permalink

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Most people who eat at McDonalds don't count calories. If somebody was that concious about their health, they probably wouldn't be eating at Mcdonalds in the first place or any fast food restaraunt. Americans are becoming obese and the numbers are showing it, that's the fact and not just my opinion. But...people have free will and if they want to live by eating shit food, then they're going to look and feel like shit because your diet has the most overall influence on your health.

Have a nice day.

Posted by: Daniel Joseph at Aug 28, 2005 1:04:16 PM

Anyone thinking Soso Whaley is an "independant" filmaker should check out her background. She is a Adjunt Fellow at Competitive Enterprise Institute, a right wing "think tank" funded by Exxon Mobil, Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris etc etc. It is an ideologically-driven, well-funded front for corporations opposed to safety and environmental regulations that affect the way they do business.

For her film, while she claimed "My real purpose is not to prove something," the Competitive Enterprise Institute issued a press release claiming she "Will Eat at McDonald's for 30 Days and Lose Weight", before she even started the diet.

Posted by: Mickey D at Sep 28, 2005 8:40:30 AM

Ok, so she works for a think tank. Spurlock's an obvious left wing moonbat with a
skanky vegan girlfriend. So what? You can't refute the results, so you're
attacking the messenger. Typical. The fact is Spurlock's dishonest. Glad someone
took the time to demonstrate the fact

later

Posted by: Seth at Nov 15, 2005 3:12:59 PM

What blows my mind is that I had weight issues for most of my life. Until I began working at McDonalds. And lo and behold, I began to eat McDs at least once a day every day, I'm talking burgers, fries, shakes, you name it, and I LOST weight. It's pretty simple; use some common sense Mr. Spurlock. If you stuff your face to the point of vomiting, then yes, that's clearly unhealthy. But if you vary your food choices and actually haul your lazy ass off the couch once in a while, you can include fast food in your diet and be healthy.
Spurlock should be ashamed of himself. If the documentary had been more truthful, I wouldn't have had a problem with it. Heck, if we're going to blast McDs, then I think we should address the dangers of a vegan diet, which is insanely unhealthy and unnatural for the human species.

Posted by: Adrianna Goodson at Apr 16, 2006 9:24:58 AM

If you think burgers, fries, and shakes are more healthy than a vegetable and non-meat protein diet -- you should be ashamed of yourself. I'll grant you that Spurlock's doc was a stunt, taking things to the extreme. But he makes the right point - if you did what McDonald's wanted you to do, you might well die. McDonald's very quickly went from "SuperSize" to salads in their menus and marketing. I think SuperSize Me had an effect there, but probably not as much as consumer's already-changing diets and negative perceptions of fatty fast food.

I think everyone agrees that moderation is a good thing.

Posted by: chuck at Apr 16, 2006 2:55:15 PM

This movie (SuperSize Me) has catapulted the lame "Go Active" slogan McDonald's now touts. Every bag now lists "Wellness Tips" like 'Milk can help your bones grow too" and 'It's what I eat and what I do...I'm lovin' it'. I pulled these off of my daughter's happy meal today. There was none of this before the movie...so I'm impressed by how one's idea (or stunt) can change an empire's marketing direction.
Just my 2 cents!

Posted by: Rena at Apr 17, 2006 12:54:26 PM

Hey, chuck, while McDonald's is NOT what I would call healthy, neither is a non-meat, vegetarian diet. The human body is designed to be omnivorous.
And if you actually think that McDonald's expects people to eat their food at every meal, every day, then WOW, you must be talking about a different McDonald's than the one I worked for.
My manager AND the owner both stated on more than one occasion (as did the Canadian CEO when he visited our restaurant) that moderation is key, as is exercise. McDonald's CAN be included in a healthy diet, but not if you eat it at every meal (GROSS).
Heck, I knew a woman who was healthy as could be; vegetarian, got plenty of protein from other sources, exercised, you name it. Her first pregnancy...she continued with her vegetarianism and produced a tiny child who is STILL under-developed for her age. Her second pregnancy...she craved red meat and ate it. Lo and behold, baby number two came out at a decent weight and has had no health problems to date (she is now 10). I'd rather feed my kids McDonald's than put them on some psycho vegan OR vegetarian diet.

Posted by: Adrianna Goodson at Jul 20, 2006 9:58:15 PM