October 09, 2005

Spurlock Article

“Basis for Contradiction”: Morgan Spurlock Comes to Seton Hill

Although Morgan Spurlock, star and producer of “Super Size Me,” has definitely made a name for himself, not everyone considers themselves a fan. At Seton Hill University’s Thursday lecture featuring Spurlock, a variety of people attended, all with contrasting opinions.

When asked about his impression of the event, Jeremy Brammell said, “Although I thought this lecture was funny and entertaining, I didn’t learn anything new. I guess that’s why it’s called a lecture.” Brammell also shared that he came to Spurlock’s talk opposed to his views. “His movie was funny, but I don’t agree with his opinions. We all know processed fast food is bad--so what?”

Spurlock responded to critics by describing “personal responsibility” and the “conscience consumer.” He said he is not asking his audience to not ever eat McDonald’s or a hamburger again, but only wants consumers to be aware.

An anonymous spectator agrees with Brammell. “Yeah, he’s funny, but all he did was stick it to McDonald’s. He’s just another disgruntled guy who made a documentary. I wasn’t impressed with the movie, and I was even less impressed with his presentation.”

There were also Spurlock supporters in attendance. Nancy [no last name provided] said, “I love him! He is one of the smartest men in entertainment. He has such an insight into society and is not afraid to speak his mind.”

Nancy, along with a group of her friends, was thrilled to hear about Spurlock’s visit. When asked to comment those opposed to Spurlock’s attitude, she said she hopes hearing him speak will help them. “If they just understood what he was all about, then maybe they’d be better for it. He has a lot to say, and hopefully they’re willing to listen.”

A SHU senior, Jeremy Burkett, chose not to attend the event. “I saw the movie and all, but it hasn’t stopped me from eating McDonald’s. Society is so desensitized about everything. I see what he’s saying, but it probably won’t stop many people like me.”

The general attitude of the crowd was excitement, even with the diverse crowd. Several rounds of applause sounded throughout the lecture, and Spurlock received a standing ovation at his conclusion, “You can change the world…with a thought.” Spurlock’s thoughts have obviously influenced his audience, both negatively and positively.

Posted by KatherineLambert at October 9, 2005 11:31 AM

Great article, although Jeremy Burkett's view does make sense.. society IS desensitized- look no further than Katrina. It's already forgotten, you don't even see the donation jars around anywhere, anymore.

You could also take a look at the war, as we are rapidly closing in on 2,000 American soldiers killed, and yet.. none of that ever makes the news.

I enjoyed Spurlock for what he is/does. He's entertaining, but I am much more into Thom Hartmann, and his environmental issues (The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight- best book EVER) than the whole MacDonald's scene.


Posted by: Mike at October 12, 2005 11:16 PM
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