The blind side Critics step in to highlight a long-standing problem with the film after Michael Oher claimed the real Tuohy family exploited him.
On Monday (Aug. 14), the former NFL star filed a lawsuit alleging that the story told in the film that won Sandra Bullock the Oscar for Best Actress was fabricated and that the white couple who brought him to his home so that his name would make millions.
Oher claims that Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy never actually adopted him. He alleges that three months after his 18th birthday in 2014, the couple got him to sign a document naming them as his conservators and therefore legally able to conduct financial transactions on his behalf.
The sports star has also accused the couple of signing a deal that netted them and their two biological children a sizable sum for the film adaptation, which grossed more than $300 million upon its release in 2009.
Following the claims The blind sideThe film’s reputation was questioned, and many fans of the film now said they would no longer watch the film.
Critics who opposed the film at the time, calling it a “white savior film,” now claim that the film and its source material, a book of the same name by Michael Lewis, would have been better if they had focused on Oher, rather than the Tuohys .
“I’m so upset that this happened or is happening to Michael Oher, but black people have been shouting about how shitty this story is for years and I’m not surprised to learn it was all a scam because damn it. ing OBVIOUSLY,” @nknapper wrote, adding, “Just like ALL white savior narratives are a scam.”
Andy Jenck wrote: “In his [autobiography]writes Oher [he] was dissatisfied with the film’s portrayal for being dependent on the Tuohys, and I wondered why blind side I no longer consulted with him. I might have [an] answer now.”
Meanwhile, X-user @WriteAsRae commented, “Where have you been????” Michael Oher told us that a decade ago The blind side was entirely fictitious. The only people who fully believed it were whites, who still support the concept of “rescuing the unfortunate black children from the ghetto.” [sic].”
During an interview with CBS Sports Network earlier this month, Oher himself accused the film of “taking away the hard work and dedication I’ve curated” by portraying it as so dependent on the Tuohys.
Oher also said the film was inaccurate because it showed that he “couldn’t read or write” since “I used to do plays in front of school in the second grade.”
He claimed that this alleged misrepresentation caused his NFL peers to make false assumptions about his intellect.
“It weighs heavily on someone,” he said, adding, “I understand that the film gave me a position, but … I want the generations behind me to understand that you don’t have to come to someone save who saves one.” and save you so that you may go out and be successful.”
Court documents state that Oher found out in February 2023 that he was not legally adopted.
“Co-conservators Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy profited from lying about Michael’s adoption at the expense of their ward, the undersigned Michael Oher,” the document reads.
“Michael Oher discovered this lie to his chagrin and embarrassment in February 2023 when he learned that the conservatory he had accepted on the grounds that it would make him a member of the Tuohy family actually gave him no family connection procured to her.” the Tuohys.”
Attorney J Gerard Stranch IV said: “When the Tuohy family told Mike they loved him and wanted to adopt him, it filled a void that had accompanied him throughout his life. When Mike found out he wasn’t actually adopted, it shook him and hurt him deeply.”
Sean Tuohy defended her decision not to legally adopt Oher, saying: “We contacted lawyers who told us we could not adopt children over the age of 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.
He also said, “We didn’t make any money from the film,” adding, “Well, Michael Lewis gave us half his cut. Everyone in the family got an equal share, including Michael. It cost about $14,000 each.”