Sandra Bullock Wants to Be Erased From Gulf PSA

Oscar winner having second thoughts about video supporting relief efforts over possible ties to oil industry

By Josh Grossberg Jul 30, 2010 3:22 PMTags

Sandra Bullock is feeling blindsided by Big Oil.

The Oscar-winning actress is demanding Gulf restoration activists excise her appearance in a PSA because of links to the oil and gas industry.

Bullock's publicist says that the part-time New Orleans resident wants out of the "Be the One" video put together by Women of the Storm's Restore the Gulf campaign after learning the organization is sponsored by America's Wetland Foundation, which has taken money from various oil companies, including BP.

"Ms. Bullock was originally contacted through her attorney to be a part of the PSA in order to promote awareness of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico," says Bullock spokeswoman Cheryl Maisel. "At no time was she made aware that any organization, oil company or otherwise had influence over Women of the Storm or its message."

The promo features such celebrities as John GoodmanHarry Shearer, Dave Matthews and Lenny Kravitz lobbying viewers to sign a petition asking President Barack Obama and Congress to pass legislation to restore the Gulf Coast's wetlands and protect it "for me and future generations."

But Bullock reconsidered her participation after a report by DeSmogBlog, which called America's Wetland a front for oil companies.

"We have immediately asked for [Bullock's] participation in the PSA be removed until the facts be determined," says Maisel.

Given she owns a home in the Crescent City, Maisel says that Bullock still fully supports the cause of reconstructing the wetlands and will continue to "pursue opportunities that will bring awareness and support to the plight of the Gulf region."

Women of the Storm's founder, Anne Milling, denies the advocacy organization receives funding from oil companies and expressed hope that once she hears their side, Bullock might change her mind.

"I was shocked and of course very disappointed," Milling tells E! News. "However, I do believe that once Ms. Bullock hears and listens to the facts and understands that Women of the Storm has had no connection or taken money from oil companies, I think that will allay her fears and I believe she will rejoin our video because she really believes in coastal restoration. She is committed to that."

The activist has requested a meeting with the thesp to address the controversy and review the matter. As for the other celebs lending their good rep to the video, Milling sent notes to them and says that all remain firmly behind the group's mission.

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