Morgan Spurlock goes to work in a gun store


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DeadMoneyDrew
June 23, 2013, 10:45 PM
There's a new show on CNN called Inside Man, hosted by Morgan Spurlock. The premise is that he goes to live/work for a bit in whatever world/culture he is reporting. The pilot episode is running right now (Sunday 10pm EST), and he is working in a weed dispensary in California. It's mostly balanced.

In an upcoming episode he spends time working at SSG Tactical in Virginia. I can't find an exact broadcast schedule but according to this blog (http://insideman.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/23/morgan-spurlock-on-inside-man-each-week-i-get-to-be-immersed-into-a-different-world/) it was the second episode filmed, so it may well run next Sunday.

Could be interesting, though I've learned the hard way not to get my hopes up over these things.

EDIT: confirm broadcast date 6/30 10pm EST

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mljdeckard
June 23, 2013, 10:52 PM
I don't mind Spurlock per se, but his work is usually pretty pre-determined.

Justin
June 23, 2013, 10:55 PM
Morgan Spurlock gets a retail job.

How thoroughly edgy.

mljdeckard
June 23, 2013, 11:06 PM
^^ ROFL. :)

Particularly his "Supersize Me" movie. If fast food were so deadly, half of the college-age males in America would be dead.

Capybara
June 23, 2013, 11:08 PM
I like his movies. He is a talented story teller/documentarian. But the fact that he lives in NYC makes me think this piece will be slanted toward the negative. We'll see what happens.

conw
June 23, 2013, 11:08 PM
He engaged in provable dishonesty to make his best-known documentary work.

hammerklavier
June 23, 2013, 11:14 PM
Dishonesty to get at the facts, or dishonesty presented to the viewer?

TheGloriousTachikoma
June 23, 2013, 11:56 PM
Didn't he already do this with his trading places show? The gun-control activist who went to live with Joe Gunnut in his double-wide in the middle of Ohio?

I'll watch this one. The last thing he did on gun control in comparison to the rest of the liberal media was extremely fair.

rondog
June 24, 2013, 12:09 AM
Never heard of him.

conw
June 24, 2013, 12:19 AM
Dishonesty to get at the facts, or dishonesty presented to the viewer?

The calories he would have eaten following the rules he made (menu selection etc) would not have resulted in the weight gain he documented, which can be demonstrated using known physiological facts/science. He also didn't keep a food log or at least didn't release it. The movie wouldn't have been a big success though if he had only gained 5-6 lb.

This is OT but the documentary Fathead covers the topic nicely.

Edited for clarity.

Ryanxia
June 24, 2013, 08:36 AM
Let's hope it's fair reporting. Let us know your thoughts if anyone sees it.

Midwest
June 24, 2013, 09:22 AM
First I head of him

Torian
June 24, 2013, 09:25 AM
If he worked there for a few years, it might give some legitimacy to his reporting. A few days? Hardly.

M-Cameron
June 24, 2013, 02:06 PM
If he worked there for a few years, it might give some legitimacy to his reporting. A few days? Hardly.



Why?

Is the process if selling guns really that complex that it takes years to fully understand it?

There really isn't much you are going to learn In a few years thy you won't learn in a week or so.....guns come in, get logged into the bound book, buyer buys gun, 4473, do a background check, buyer leaves with gun, log gun out of bound book,+ any local laws.......not a lot to it.

chicharrones
June 24, 2013, 05:32 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Drew. I'll try and watch it come Sunday.

Deus Machina
June 24, 2013, 06:03 PM
I hope it's not his first retail job. If so, it's gonna come across really bad.

beatledog7
June 24, 2013, 06:05 PM
...half of the college-age males in America would be dead.

...as opposed to merely brain-dead, right?

Capybara
June 25, 2013, 12:16 AM
I managed retail back in the 80s and I am in the television industry. I can tell you that the show will not focus on paperwork, it will focus on the stories of the people who come in to buy guns. Procedure is boring as heck, people's goofy neuroses are what I would be looking for as a director.

DeadMoneyDrew
June 25, 2013, 06:35 AM
^^^ the impression that I get from having seen the previews is more or less this. In the piece he did on marijuana, he spent about half the time focusing on the people who were coming in to the dispensory to buy the drugs, and the other half the time focusing on the people who worked either in the dispensary or in the supply chain somewhere.

ApacheCoTodd
June 25, 2013, 10:17 AM
Another NYU "intellectual" filmmaker looking in on how the dirty little people beneath him live in an encapsulated and decidedly slanted way.

Nope, no time for spurlock or his type. Tried to give him the benefit of the doubt on a couple of his episodes then...

DonP
June 25, 2013, 11:14 AM
If it tops the CNN ratings for the week it will draw about 7 viewers.

Might be worthy of recording on the DVR, unless there's a good episode of Phineas & Ferb on at the same time.

SleazyRider
June 25, 2013, 11:24 AM
... the fact that he lives in NYC makes me think this piece will be slanted toward the negative. We'll see what happens.
If you experienced our weather for just one year, you'd understand.

Trunk Monkey
June 25, 2013, 02:11 PM
Morgan Spurlock

Is this the Yo Yo that did the McDonald's "doccumentary" Super Size Me?

ApacheCoTodd
June 25, 2013, 03:45 PM
Morgan Spurlock

Is this the Yo Yo that did the McDonald's "doccumentary" Super Size Me?
Yup. Mr. - pay to see me engage in an activity which the manufacturer never expected of its customers, never endorsed nor even hinted at as being normal consumer behavior and then listen to me rail at the effects. Oh, and thank you for the small fortune and notoriety you've passed my way as a result. Yup, that Yo Yo.

Or

Michael Moore-or-less-truthful Jr.

TrickyDick
June 25, 2013, 10:45 PM
I loved how he referred to chicken nuggets made from chicken breasts as "chicken tits" and made it sound disgusting and unsafe to eat. His films are mockumentories

monotonous_iterancy
June 25, 2013, 11:16 PM
Yup. Mr. - pay to see me engage in an activity which the manufacturer never expected of its customers, never endorsed nor even hinted at as being normal consumer behavior and then listen to me rail at the effects. Oh, and thank you for the small fortune and notoriety you've passed my way as a result. Yup, that Yo Yo.

To be fair, I think he was trying to show what a heavy diet of that "food" will do to someone over time. There are people who eat that all the time. Granted, moderation is the key. There was a guy on there who ate a Big Mac every day and was totally healthy besides a slightly higher than normal cholesterol.

Sol
June 25, 2013, 11:22 PM
I'm sure it will be slanted and if you choose to watch it, you must find the humor in it: He will most likely interview tin foilers, which usually make for a good laugh. There will probably be a riveting scene of him at the doctors getting tested for lead poisiong because of stomach pains, but it will probably be just a case of cyclospora from the organic berries he ate earlier in the day. Better yet, a day at a range where upon the first shot of the gun, he breaks down and cries and calls his wife to coddle him over the guilt of using a deadly weapon... It could be good.

EmGeeGeorge
June 25, 2013, 11:37 PM
Fact or fiction aside, McDonald's is disgusting, barely-food. You can eat better for less money with a little forethought, than trying to get by on its dollar menu garbage.

As an aside, I find it interesting how many people who regularly carry, or think about personal safetry(from "goblins"), ignore their health and fail to see a warrior mentality isn't just about the artificial contrievences we use (be it gun, knife, or staff) but also about ones physical health being the best it can be, for their age, condition, etc. I'm not a monk, I'll eat fast food on occasion, but I recognize any regular intake of that kinda thing WILL decrease your long term survivablity. Whether it means you get bested in a fight for your life, or diabetes takes years off the tail end of your time on the earth.

As a former documentary maker, and news guy, I can tell you middle of the road pieces don't get attention. Extremes are what sell. But the American culture is one of extremes as everybody knows.

Getting worked up over it seems premature. I may watch it, I may not. I won't give up range time for TV. I won't give up a run or lift for a TV show. If its on when its convienient I may give it a watch. Sons of Guns does more to make gunnies look bad than any limousine liberal could ever hope for, IMO.

BJG
June 26, 2013, 09:33 AM
You speak the truth, whether anyone else will admit it or not.

Archaic
June 26, 2013, 10:11 AM
I am sure fast food kills a lot more people each year than guns do.

Robert
June 26, 2013, 10:18 AM
You guys do remember that this is a a firearms forum right?

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