Sandra Bullock was named People Magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2015 in their August issue, but it was not an honor she asked for and it was not one she particularly wants.
In an interview with E!, Bullock spoke about the award and how women in the media are treated in general.
“I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked,” she said, “and it’s not because of who we are as people. It’s because of how we look, or our age, or…”
She went on to say, “I’m embarrassed by it (the nod by People Magazine) because my son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I’m trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don’t see a stop happening. And little girls are having the hardest time with bullying and the internet and someone with a very large hand and a big voice needs to put a stop to it.”
“I laughed,” she said, “when they they’re going to be generous and bestow me this wonderful privilege but I said if I could talk about the amazing women that I find beautiful, which are these women who rise above and take care of business and do wonderful things and take care of each other, then I’m more than honored to be on the cover of this.”
Here’s the video:
Brava to Sandra Bullock. It is time that women stop being attacked for their looks or for *gasp* daring to get older. If Bullock’s Hollywood is representative of life in general, things aren’t good for women.
- Just 31 percent of roles are given to women.
- Just 23 percent of films have a female protagonist.
- Women are far more sexualized in Hollywood than are men.
- Only 20 percent of writers and 23 percent of producers are women.
While Sandra Bullock is absolutely doing her part, things won’t get dramatically better until the movie goers and the men in Hollywood start saying enough is enough. Perhaps once Hollywood begins to see women as three-dimensional human beings, with complex thoughts and actions, young girls might start seeing themselves in the same way.
Featured image via Gage Skidmore on Flickr.