In what appears to be a shrewd attempt to preempt sexual harassment allegations, leftist documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has published an essay, detailing his own struggle with sexual impropriety — and admitting to everything from sexual harassment to marital infidelity to, potentially, rape.
The essay, entitled "I Am Part Of The Problem," and published under Spurlock's verified Twitter account reads a bit like a progressive version of Catholic confession; it's an admission of sins masquerading as a call-to-arms for progressive men to also admit that their toxic masculinity and self-aggrandizement has spawned the #metoo movement.
In reality, the essay may be an attempt to head off a wave of allegations coming Spurlock's way. In the piece, Spurlock admits to settling at least one sexual harassment lawsuit, over an incident with a female employee who complained about Spurlock's on-set behavior, and to cheating on all of his romantic partners, including his two wives.
A segment of the essay is devoted to a rape accusation made against him in college. Spurlock claims he got drunk and then had sex with a girl, who, despite appearing to give consent, decided later that she felt taken advantage of.
When I was in college, a girl who I hooked up with on a one night stand accused me of rape. Not outright. There were no charges or investigations, but she wrote about the instance in a short story writing class and called me by name. A female friend who was in the class told be about it afterwards.
Spurlock also lists a host of potential excuses for his behavior, from having an absent father to sexual abuse he says he suffered as a child. He also claims to have had something of a drinking problem "since age 13." He says he is "seeking help."
Spurlock is most famous for his series of documentaries, like "Supersize Me," exposing destructive American habits. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his next project details issues women face in the modern world.
"Who Run The World?" a docu-series hosted by Sarah Jessica Parker, will “unpack the most divisive and complicated issues facing women today, from the policing of their bodies and judgments of their family planning choices, to the micro-aggressions they face in the media, the workplace and everyday life." The series is set to air on TNT in 2018.