October 10, 2005

Newswriting Morgan Spurlock Saturates SHU

A native West Virginian sends Setonians into gails of laughter....

Greensburg, PA – “Why pick on poor little innocent McDonald’s?” asked critics.

Thursday evening over 340 Setonians and other local people were greeted by the southern drawl of the West Virginian humor, (where there’s “gravy on everything”) of Morgan Spurlock, who thanks SHU for providing him with “vodka.” Spurlock directed the film Super Size Me. It showcased the harmful effects fast food consumption has not only on the liver, but the heart and entire body, as well as illustrated by Spurlock’s 30-day McDonald’s diet. The McDiet consisted of three square meals a day from the namesake fast-food chain.

Spurlock’s friends were skeptical of his plan. His vegan girlfriend, disapproved. When Spurlock told his camera man, Alex Bassie, the idea for the documentary, Bassie said, “This is a really great, bad idea.” Shortly after, Bassie was proved incorrect.

It is unknown to the masses the huge lot of processed food served daily in the US. McDonald’s alone serves 46 million people, per day. Sophomore Super Size Me fan Andrea Perkins said, “At first I thought eating fast food every day, as an idea, was an exaggeration. But now I realize, Americans do consume a lot of fast foods.”

Spurlock emphasized that although people might not eat McDonald’s meals everyday, they eat at similar establishments throughout the week because they think it is cost and time effective. Of these people, he said, “They don’t know how to cook.” McDonald’s uses, “A giant lettuce curtain, in front of a big fat stage,” said Spurlock.

Alternative restaurants still use foods that pack in the calories. On the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin’ Onion, a 2,000- plus calorie-filled appetizer, Spurlock said, “It is like heaven in a garden, if all the flowers were deep fried.”


The diet packed on 24 pounds to Spurlock’s six-foot two-inch, 185 pound frame. With the pounds, came problems. Spurlock developed NASH Syndrome, a form of liver cirrhosis that non-alcoholic drinkers develop. He also felt massive pressure on his chest, as well as having to watch his body deteriorate before his eyes.

With nine days to go in the experiment, Spurlock almost gave up. That is, until he heard brotherly advice from Chris Spurlock, who said, “People eat this shit their whole lives. Do you really think it is going to kill you in nine days? C’mon.” And with that, Spurlock finished his study.

Nutrition major, Katie Manni C’08, talked to Spurlock about dietetics and her major, which he hailed. Later, Spurlock told Manni to, “Shake the trees.” Manni said, “I think this means he wants me to tear up McDonald’s menus because they’re valueless, just like the disgusting processed foods.”

Posted by KatieAikins at October 10, 2005 12:13 PM