Thursday, March 30, 2006

Stupid things celebrities do

I am a fan of Morgan Spurlock. I thought Super Size Me was an excellent, thought-provoking movie, and his brief TV series 30 Days was quite clever.

For someone who has made such thoughtful documentaries, it seems somewhat out of character that he would give a speech at a high school in which he managed to swear, accuse teachers of doing drugs, and insult retarded people. But at least he apologized.

4 comments:

DSL said...

I certainly lost all respect for him. He did not apologize initially, attributing it to defending the first amendment or something like that.

Dara said...

I agree, the apology was lacking, because it was so protracted.
Also, while I'm sure it's true that the root cause of the problem was his failure to recognize that the same schtick that would go over brilliantly on a college campus will not have the same reaction in a high school auditorium, that sort of apology seems to get dangerously close to blaming the victims.

DSL said...

I try not to be too critical but I hope that college students would not go along with the mocking of the mentally retarded (if that's still the correct term) students in the auditorium. Quite frankly, if I were his wife, I'd be mortified. Is he trying to be the next Howard Stern (yes Howard, talking about your wife's miscarriage was a brilliant idea). You can go too far.

Dara said...

His wife, as you recall, is a weird little vegan chef.
And, I'm quite surprised that you bother listening to Howard Stern.