Morgan Spurlock has admitted to sexual misconduct.
In the light of sexual harassment allegations against prominent figures in Hollywood, the award-winning documentarian has confessed about his own stories of sexually harassing women in the past. His confessional was posted on social media on Thursday, Dec. 14.
"As I sit around watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions, I don't sit by and wonder 'who will be next?' I wonder, 'when will they come for me?' You see, I've come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem," he wrote.
Spurlock Exposes His Own Misconduct
Spurlock did not wait for the women he has wronged in the past to come forward and accuse him of sexual misconduct. He did it himself.
In the confessional, he recounted an incident in college where a one-night stand turned into a rape accusation. He also revealed that he called a former assistant demeaning nicknames such as "hot pants" and "sex pants." When she resigned, she asked for a settlement (which he paid).
The Oscar-nominated documentarian also confessed that he has been unfaithful to his ex-girlfriends, his ex-wife, and his current wife.
The Documentarian Apologizes
Spurlock ends his statement by saying that, while he is part of the problem, he is also a part of the solution. He promised to change his attitude that helped a system of disrespect. He also encouraged others to stand up and admit to their mistakes.
"I will do better," he stated. "I will be better. I believe we all can."
The documentarian's confession was met with mixed reactions. While some were surprised and even admired the courage to admit his own misconduct, others saw his apology as a way to absolve himself of the guilt.
Saying you're a part of the problem doesn't absolve you of your sins. Have you apologized to the people you hurt-especially the wives(!!) to whom you've been unfaithful?— Gege (@Pomquat) December 14, 2017
Trying to get in front of a story doesn't make you better than those other men- just makes you more PR savvy.
Oh, Morgan Spurlock, please just sit down, shut up and listen.— Stephen Whitty (@StephenWhitty) December 14, 2017
When discussing his behavior, he offered up reasons that appeared very defensive bordering on sympathy (addiction, bad childhood). Plenty of us have all of those and still have a sense of right vs. wrong when it comes to sexual conduct.— Jessica (@sublimechick2k) December 14, 2017
rape culture is hijacking the narrative of the women you sexually assaulted to make yourself look like a victim #MorganSpurlock— Jasmine (@jasminekabera) December 14, 2017
The part where you said "I am part of the problem. We all are"— BB (@bbrianb44) December 14, 2017
I'm not apart of the problem at all. Shoulda kept your comments about YOU and not lump us into your issues.
Over the past few months, the public has heard dozens of apologies from celebrities at the center of a sexual misconduct scandal. After an allegation that Academy Award winner, Kevin Spacey, made unwanted sexual advances with an underage man, he issued an apology that was largely criticized for attempting to switch the conversation to his sexuality.
The Creative Artists Agency, a top talent agency in Hollywood, allegedly helped cover up Weinstein's sexual misconducts. As penance, the company canceled one of its annual parties and use the money to help victims of harassment.