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Morgan Spurlock Is Back, Dealing With 'Big Chicken' This Time

'Super Size Me 2' focuses on fast food and chicken processing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 16, 2019 1:28 PM CDT
In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Morgan Spurlock attends the 11th Annual New York Television Festival "CNN Presents: An Original Take on the Stories of Now" at the SVA Theatre in New York.   (Photo by Ben Hider/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Last time out, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate only fast food for a month. This time, he's the one dishing out the fried stuff, the AP reports. Spurlock has gone from being an avid Big Mac consumer in Super Size Me to serving his own fast-food chicken sandwiches in Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!—a sober look at an industry that processes 9 billion animals a year in America. Ironically, Spurlock's film about fast-food chicken reemerges during a food feud over fried-chicken sandwiches, with the nation obsessed with a Popeyes version. The documentary was released Friday and is already available for streaming, Today reports.

In it, Spurlock sets up his own chicken farm to raise chickens that will then be used at his own fast-food restaurant, Holy Chicken. Today notes that among the truths the film exposes is the fact that in order for chicken to be labeled "free range," it need only have access to a tiny outdoor space. The label does not necessarily mean the chicken actually roamed outside. Spurlock, attempting to recreate this condition in the film, actually had to chase his chickens to get them to even approach the door; they were too large to feel like being active in the hot outdoors. Spurlock says the movie also reveals how poorly chicken farmers are treated by "Big Chicken." (The film's release was delayed due to Spurlock's admission of sexual misconduct.)

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