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Things We Saw Today: Sandra Bullock Cried Over Black Panther Because of Her Son

One of the challenging things about white parents raising children of color is having to navigate teaching them about racism and representation from a second-hand experience, all while doing the best you can to help give them access to positive representation. For that Sandra Bullock is grateful to Black Panther and Marvel.

Speaking to Access Hollywood on the Academy Awards red carpet Sunday night, Bullock talked about her reaction to meeting the cast of the movie.

“I started to cry backstage when I was telling [the Black Panther cast] not only how much the film meant to me as a woman, but how much it meant to me as a mother,” she said, referencing her experience seeing the cast right before the interview.

“I’m so grateful to Marvel because about five years ago, my son asked me if there were any brown Legos,” she continued. “And I said, ‘Yes, there are,’ and I got a Sharpie and I turned Spider-Man brown, I turned the Legos brown, and I don’t have to turn them brown anymore.”

Bullock says that her son hasn’t seen the film because it’s a little violent for him at this age (agreed those battle scenes are pretty intense)  but she “thinks he’s okay” to see it in about a year.

(via EW, image Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S via Getty Images)

  • EGOT Latinx Queen and current co-star of One Day At a Time, Rita Moreno took to the red carpet last night wearing the same dress she wore the night she won her Oscar in 1962. She and Tiffany Hadish are teaching us all the value of wearing a good gown. (via Buzzfeed)
  • Shock and awe Black Mirror was renewed for a fifth season. This isn’t surprising news, but I am looking forward to seeing who will be staring/directing these new episodes. I’m also glad that Black Mirror has led to a revival in sci-fi anthology series.  (via The Hollywood Reporter)
  • A graph on Twitter shows the ratio of women with speaking roles vs men with speaking roles for previous Best Picture winners. Some are taking issue with Chicago. Some are saying it is because Chicago is a musical, but it should be noted that it is a more female-centric movie and would, therefore, be the only one with a higher female than male ratio. While this is a good point, let us not pretend that one out of the group is a good statistic. Nor is it an indicator of the roles women play in the film. Like the Bechdel Test…it’s just a tool to use. (via Twitter)
  • A little black girl got heart eyes looking at the portrait of Michelle Obama. This reaction is exactly the reason why Michelle Obama picked the artist and the design. I hope this taught you a lesson, guys, do not question Michelle. She’s a queen. (via Buzzfeed News)

Whose the last person to make you have heart eyes? We know ours…

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(featured image: Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S via Getty Images)

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