DISHING IT OUT, BUT NOT TAKING IT: On Monday, Maria Bartiromo of CNBC confronted Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me. James Glassman writes that “He was reduced to a fool. It was beautiful to watch”.
UPDATE: The Internet Movie Database reports:
Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn films have accused MTV of refusing to air commercials for Super Size Me, the award-winning documentary which landed in the top-ten box-office attractions last weekend, something rare for a documentary. The two companies said in a statement that they were told that the ads were “disparaging to fast-food restaurants,” which are big advertisers on the youth-oriented cable outlet. MTV disputed the charge, saying that the distributors balked at a deal. (More here, for when the IMDB link scrolls off.)
Wait a second–Spurlock told Bartiromo, “we live in a country where people should have the right to say what they want”. So why are his backers upset that MTV doesn’t want to run their ads?
SUPER-SIZE THIS UPDATE: Somebody could make a whole documentary about this.