Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Life Imitating Art--Sandra Bullock Adopts a Black Son
Okay, so today I was going to write about tacos. Seriously, I was. But when I turned on my computer and saw the new cover of People magazine with a photo of Sandra Bullock and her adorable chocolate-brown, baby boy, my draw dropped. Not because Sandra Bullock adopted a Black child, but because nobody knew about it. I mean how do you keep that a secret in Hollywood...for three months?
Needless to say, People magazine is keeping all of the juicy details to themselves, forcing you to buy the magazine when it hits newsstands on Friday, but they are providing the basic facts. Which are, that Bullock and her allegedly cheating spouse, Jesse James, adopted baby Louis in January in the midst of award season, where you will recall Sandra Bullock was racking up golden statues left and right for her role in The Blindside. Thinking that it wasn't a good time to announce the arrival of their new son during all of that hoopla, they decided to keep the baby's existence a secret. Which brings me back to my original point, how do two super famous White people keep their Black baby a secret? I'm just thinking that had to be really hard. I mean did she ever just take the baby out for a walk? And if so, how did she hide him from the paparazzi? Seriously I'm scratching my head on that one.
But I'm also thinking about the art imitating life aspect of this story too. I mean you have to wonder if the story of Leigh-Anne Tuohy, the woman Bullock portrayed in the movie, inspired Sandra in any way to adopt a Black child. People.com reports that she and James began the adoption process four years ago, so maybe this was in the works before Bullock ever heard of Tuohy, but I still have to assume that playing a White woman who gives her heart and opens her home to a Black son made a deep impression. How could it not?
Not that I suspect Sandra Bullock is a secret fan of The Meltingpot, but I do wish her luck on this journey of being a single mother to a child of color. She is going to need it amidst the grief of the dissolution of her marriage. And while I also suspect Sandra Bullock would never come to me for parenting suggestions, I will offer my unsolicited advice and tell her to keep that baby away from her ex. He cheats with women who proudly wear Nazi paraphernalia which makes me think he can't be too racially sensitive. (eww.)
So, there you have it. I promise to get back to my tacos story at a later date.