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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who skewered fast food industry, dies at 53

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Anyone can guess his last meal?

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After he exposed the fast-food and chicken industries, there was an explosion in restaurants stressing freshness, artisanal methods, farm-to-table goodness and ethically sourced ingredients.

For using the power of film for this he should be remembered.

In one scene, Spurlock showed kids a photo of George Washington and none recognized the Founding Father. But they all instantly knew the mascots for Wendy’s and McDonald’s.

And showing the consequences of neo-liberalism and Marketolatry on the American intellect.

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sakurasukiToday 07:00 am JST

Anyone can guess his last meal?

Probably something healthy unless it was for a documentary. Does he look like someone that leads an unhealthy life?

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I legendary figure in the documentary world. What a tragedy to be taken so soon.

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 ate ****only at McDonald’s for a month to illustrate the dangers of a fast-food diet

Some people were actually taken in by this. It's like saying death by water intoxication = water is bad.

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Probably something healthy unless it was for a documentary. Does he look like someone that leads an unhealthy life?

He struggled with alcoholism, that is pretty unhealthy and cancerous.

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RIP

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I admired him for what he was doing and showing back in the early 2000s. I always found the fast-food industry to be dishonest and wished there was more of a spotlight on them and along came Spurlock. 53 is really young. Cancer sucks. Thanks for your films.

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Give me a break Morgan Spurlock is no legend in the documentary world.

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quercetumToday 01:11 pm JST

Give me a break Morgan Spurlock is no legend in the documentary world.

Sources and counterexample not found. Can't argue with that. No, literally, you can't argue with that.

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May God rest his soul.

"Super Size Me," while making many good points, was largely off the mark.

I recommend watching "Fat Head," a well-done documentary that takes "Super Size Me" to task and debunks many of Spurlock's claims.

Here's "Fat Head":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evcNPfZlrZs

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TaiwanIsNotChinaToday  07:28 am JST

Does he look like someone that leads an unhealthy life?

From the article linked below:

"Morgan admitted to 'consistently drinking' from 'age 13' - despite him previously stating in Super Size Me that he had no prior health problems - and his glaring omission about his alcoholism sparked fierce criticism for the once-booming documentary maker.

"Needless to say, that was a pretty glaring omission and I don't think anyone would have cared about the movie had he mentioned that many of the health issues he experienced in the movie were likely because of his years of alcoholism. 

"The guy's whole career was basically based on a lie."

And this:

"He also revealed that he had a history of sexual misconduct, writing in a lengthy post that he had cheated on multiple women, 'demeaned and belittled' a female coworker and then paid her to keep quiet about it, and was once accused of rape by a fellow college student."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-13456653/morgan-spurlock-life-career-history-death-super-size-me.html

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Quo PrimumToday 03:12 pm JST

Oh no!!! Someone had imperfections!!! Whatever will I do!!!

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Supersize Me wasn't an indictment of fast food as much as over eating. The conclusion you should reach from it is that you shouldn't over eat anything but most people were duped into accepting the false conclusion that Spurlock's end state was the fault of the type/quality of the food alone that he ate. He never published his food logs and his "documentary" isn't much more than a sensational smear campaign.

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A lot of US food is illegal in both the UK and EU because of the dangerous chemicals allowed in to it and the farming practices.

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englisc aspyrgendToday 04:29 am JST

A lot of US food is illegal in both the UK and EU because of the dangerous chemicals allowed in to it and the farming practices.

Also the nonsensical ban on genetically modified products.

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