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Morgan Spurlock Speaks at Seton Hill University
By: Leslie Rodriguez

Seton Hill University (SHU) began their annual “An Inspiring Perspective” lecture series Thursday Oct., 6 with speaker Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock is best known for his role in the documentary-style Oscar nominated film “Super Size Me” but was also at SHU to talk about his novel Don’t Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America. Professor of communication, Frank Klapak gave Spurlock’s introduction, relating the two men’s similar lives and highlighting Spurlock’s achievements in a comical manner.

“Morgan Spurlock may be the intellectual’s jackass,” said Klapak, relating Spurlock’s unique way of proving points to the actions of those on the popular MTV show “Jackass”.

Spurlock, who has been lecturing at colleges across the country since the release of his book in May 2005 warns his audiences of big business and the corporate agenda running such fast food restaurants as McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s. He also referred to the targeting of children by these restaurants from such a young age and the use of movie tie-ins to sell more Happy Meals.

“McDonalds appeals to children. The entire purpose of a Happy Meal is to draw them in. They nag their parents until they take them (the kids) there because they want the toy inside the box,” said Spurlock.

Throughout the course of the thirty day filming of “Super Size Me” Spurlock gained a whopping 25lbs and developed a fatty liver along with other heath problems. Critics bashed Spurlock’s movie “Super Size Me” as being unrealistic and untrue to the actual eating habits of average Americans he refutes this claim.

“This movie is so realistic and that’s what’s scary,” Spurlock continued, “I have a friend that goes to McDonalds for breakfast, Taco Bell for lunch and then order’s Dominos pizza for dinner and he thinks he’s eating from different food groups.”

The lecture, located in Seton Hill’s Cecilian Hall was sold out and filled with a mixture of students, faculty, alumnae and people from the community. Laura Lemoine, a cross-country runner and dietetics major at SHU was very impressed with Spurlock’s presentation and delivery.

Lemoine said, “I did read the book before coming here tonight but seeing him talk about all these things in person was better than anything I could have read. He was incredibly funny but offered a serious message.”

Spurlock is currently working on several new productions that include his FX television show “30 Days” which is an unscripted, documentary-style show where an individual is inserted into a lifestyle that is completely different from his or her upbringing, beliefs, religion or profession for 30 days. Also Spurlock is directing “Class Act” another documentary that sports the tagline “Prepare for the role of your lifetime.”

Spurlock will continue to travel and lecture at colleges across the country through December.

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