Straight out of the Ted Rall school of compassion, comes documentary film producer Morgan Spurlock, who scored a hit with is Super Size Me examination of McDonald’s, making fun of the special education students in attendance as, “retarded kids in the back wearing helmets.”
From the AP:
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock gave a profanity-laced, politically incorrect speech to several hundred high school students in Horsham on Friday, and not everyone was lovin’ it.
Spurlock, who ate nothing but McDonald’s meals for 30 days to make his Oscar-nominated 2004 documentary Super Size Me, spoke at Hatboro-Horsham High School during its first-ever Health and Wellness Fair.
In his hourlong presentation before 700 students, Spurlock joked about the intelligence of McDonald’s employees, using an Indian accent as he imitated a cashier trying to figure out how to ring up a Quarter Pounder. He also joked about “retarded kids in the back wearing helmets” and teachers smoking pot in the balcony.
There actually were special-education students in the back row. Teachers led them out during the hourlong presentation.
“If you put the whole package together, the use of the F-word and poking fun at teachers and the comments about special-needs students, it just wasn’t appropriate,” superintendent William Lessa said.
Speaking of the controversy Spurlock is quoted as saying, “The greatest lesson those kids learned today was the importance of free speech.”
If you want to see what you’re missing in a typical Spurlock speaking engagement – and it’s not much – you can view a video of his Michael Moore, Jr. act.
Spurlock is exclusively represented by Keppler On Campus, who are probably going to have a much tougher job keeping Spurlock’s speaking tour on track because of his remarks. Think about it, if you were a high school administrator would you touch this guy now? The answer is no…
There go all the high school gigs…
Update: Spurlock is signing a different tune today with the prospects of his lucrative speaking gigs vanishing. Gone is the free speech bravado, now it’s all apologies and misunderstanding.