Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Morgan Spurlock, mastermind behind the meat-packed docu-thriller "Supersize Me" (2004) has just aired the first episode of his new show "30 Days." The concept behind "30 Days" is clear from the title as long as you have seen his documeatery. Basically, each episode, Spurlock or another subject tries going 30 days straight while doing something. For instance, 30 days of living on minimum wage, or 30 days of living without gasoline and the fossil fuels that Americans rely so heavily on today, or 30 days of being a Muslim in America.
Luckily, I got a sneak peek at some of these episodes, and I can reveal the conclusion that Spurlock has reached for each of them.
30 days of living on minimum wage--It sucks.
30 days of living without gasoline or fossil fuels--It sucks.
30 days of of being a Muslim in America--It really sucks.
It must be an especially entertaining show for those Americans who actually are on living on minimum wage. I'm sure they'll kick back every night on their couches--or rather, their footstools, sip a tall glass of expired milk, turn on their broken black-and-white TV sets, and watch Morgan Spurlock with an eye of recognition, thinking, "Hey, we live just like that, too!"
I did enjoy the movie "Supersize Me", though I question the effect it had on people who watched it, who were so depressed just looking at those horrible statistics and side effects of eating fast food for a month straight that they had to drown their sorrows in a 2 Cheeseburgers Meal--with Orange Soda for Vitamin C. Though to be perfectly frank, the movie didn't really deter me from eating fast food--it just solidified my doubt about my subconsciously floating notion that maybe one month, I should eat nothing but McDonald's.
Here's a synopsis for one of the upcoming episodes of "30 Days":
"A mother concerned about her daughter's alcohol consumption now that she is in college agrees to binge drink for 30 Days ("days" capitalized) to try to get through to her. In a booze-drenched Freaky Friday scenario, the daughter (and America--parentheses mine) will see her mother drunk, vomiting, and hung over as she makes decisions about the tough social choices she faces every day in college. The mother, on the other hand, will become more aware of the enormous social and cultural pressure to drink that faces kids every day of their college careers."
First of all, the mother won't really become aware of anything. It was her knowledge of the college drinking scene that caused her to be on this fine television show in the first place. Secondly, speaking from experience, the average college student does not face an enormous social and cultural pressure to drink every day of their college careers. The only everyday pressure college students faces is worrying that their roommate will walk in on them masturbating.
But in the meantime, good luck Mr. Spurlock! Can't wait to see the episode where you go 30 Days without wearing anything on your feet.


Blogger Elaine said...

Good analysis of 30-days. I remember after we saw it that you suggested we go to McDonalds.

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