Sandra Bullock's partner died 12 days ago. Now people want her cancelled.

The fallout from the controversy around 2009 Oscar-winning film The Blind Side rages on.

But this time, an unsuspecting person is copping blame: the movie's star, Sandra Bullock

But before we get to that, let's backtrack for a moment.

The film was inspired by Michael Oher, a former NFL player who was taken in by wealthy Tennessee couple, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Oher is now accusing the Tuohys of “falsely and publicly” representing themselves as his adoptive parents when, in fact, they were his conservators.

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We're getting to Sandra Bullock's part in all this, trust us. But there's a bit more you need to get across first. 

In a petition filed in a Tennessee court, Oher requested for the conservatorship to be terminated, along with asking for reimbursement of the money earned off the use of his name and story for the movie.


“Oher discovered this lie to his chagrin and embarrassment in February of 2023, when he learned that the Conservatorship to which he consented on the basis that doing so would make him a member of the Tuohy family, in fact, provided him no familial relationship with the Tuohys,” the petition read.

This is a vastly different story to what was portrayed in The Blind Side, which was a heartwarming story (albeit with a white saviour problem) about a family helping a young black man fulfil his potential as an athlete.

In response to Oher's petition, the Tuohys' family attorney Martin Singer said that the couple were "heartbroken over these events". 

"The idea that the Tuohys have ever sought to profit off Mr. Oher is not only offensive, it is transparently ridiculous," he continued. "In reality, the Tuohys opened their home to Mr. Oher, offered him structure, support and, most of all, unconditional love."

The attorney went on to allege that Oher had 'threatened' the family by "saying that he would plant a negative story about them in the press unless they paid him $15 million."


Now, days after the news broke about Oher and the Tuohys, the drama shows little sign of slowing down – and Bullock, who won a Best Actress Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award for her performance as matriarch Leigh Anne Tuohy in the film, has found herself in the firing line. 


Since the scandal broke, people online have said she should be speaking out against the Tuohys, while others are claiming she should be stripped of her Oscar.

It couldn't have come at a worse time for the actor, who is mere days out from the passing of her longtime partner, Bryan Randall, who died on August 5.

It's something the actor who played Oher in The Blind Side, Quinton Aaron, is now urging people to keep in mind amidst the scandal.

“We are living in a day and age where people are hell-bent on pointing the blame on people and are just throwing things out there that’s wrong,” Aaron told The New York Post in response to the backlash.

“It’s like saying, ‘Let’s throw this person to the wolves.’

“Sandra did nothing wrong. That’s my girl and she is going through a really tough time right now."

Randall passed away at the age of 57 after a three-year battle with ALS. Bullock's sister, Gesine Bullock-Prado, shared on Instagram that Sandra had been Bryan's caretaker leading up to his death. 

"I really feel like they should leave her alone and stop trying to come at her," Aaron added. 

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