She was taken aback.
Sandra Bullock has faced some harsh criticism in the wake of former NFL star Michael Oher’s disturbing new claims that inspired Bullock’s 2009 film The Blind Side.
The 37-year-old offensive player claimed in court documents This week, guardians Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy said that while he never adopted him, he still benefited from his success.
The film was adapted from the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Written by Michael Lewis, the film tells the story of Oher, one of thirteen children born to a mother addicted to drugs, and his rise to football stardom after being taken in by the seemingly generous Tuohy family.
Some commenters on social media are jumping to judgment, insisting the actress – who is grieving the recent death of her partner Bryan Randall – is somehow complicit in the depressing domestic turmoil.
“Sandra Bullock should give her Oscar back” criticized sports presenter Brandon Walker on X. “She knows she doesn’t deserve this!”
“Sandra Bullock yelled ‘Run the Dang Ball’ a couple of times and had the Academy shaking on their hands and knees.” a second armchair critic sniffed.
“For some reason the whole blind side was fake, which makes me just hate Sandra Bullock.” explained another online opinionist.
The post asked Bullock for comment.
Almost drowning out the chorus of negativity directed at the “Miss Congeniality” actress, many fans rushed to Bullock’s aid, claiming the 59-year-old actress had taken a job and was not responsible for anything else.
“What you are NOT going to do now is blame Sandra Bullock for the blind side mayhem.” defended a fan. “If this lady fooled everyone, even journalists and the ‘adoptive’, how would Sandy know? Keep your mouth shut.”
“Sandra Bullock starred in the fictional adaptation of ‘The Blind Side.'” criticized the film and television critic Richard Roeper. “It is utterly misguided and unfair to blame her for the new and deeply disturbing allegations about the true story.”
“Sandra Bullock has proven time and time again just how good she is and she just lost her partner to ALS.” another fan raged. “She has done nothing but play a role with information on the issues, which are completely different now.”
“Leave her alone and pretend the Oscar is for ‘Gravity,'” they added.
Both Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, who served as inspiration for the Oscar-winning film, have denied the allegations, saying they are “devastated”.
“It’s troubling to think that we would make money off any of our children. But we will love Michael at 37 the same way we loved him at 16,” said Tuohy, 63.
“We didn’t make any money from the film,” the sports commentator continued. “Well, Michael Lewis, the [author of the book on which the movie was based] gave us half his share. Everyone in the family got an equal share, including Michael. It cost about $14,000 each.”
According to the Tennessee native, the conservatory role Oher was tasked with was to ensure he was eligible to play football at the University of Mississippi.
“I sat down with Michael and said to him, ‘If you’re going to go to Ole Miss – or even thinking about going to Ole Miss – we think you have to be part of the family. “That would make it legal,” Tuohy said.
“We contacted attorneys who told us that we could not adopt children older than 18; The only thing we could do was set up a conservatory position. We were so concerned that the birth mother was going to court.”