Alex Constantine - July 31, 2010
" ... Bullock made her decision after an article appeared on the website DeSmogBlog stating that the oil companies were behind the video, and the goal was to get U.S. taxpayers to pay for the clean-up, rather than front the cost themselves. ... "
By Daily Mail Reporter | 31st July 2010
After taking part in Restore The Gulf's Be The One campaign to raise awareness about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the 46-year-old actress now wants her part of the public service announcement to be removed.
Bullock made her decision after an article appeared on the website DeSmogBlog stating that the oil companies were behind the video, and the goal was to get U.S. taxpayers to pay for the clean-up, rather than front the cost themselves.
Withdrawal: Bullock does not want to be associated with the public service announcement when there is a chance the video is connected to oil companies
Women Of The Storm, a non-partisan alliance of Louisiana women, produced the video, and is partnered with America's Wetland Foundation, which lists BP among the sponsors on its website.
Other sponsors include Shell and Chevron.
Once Bullock heard there was a chance that the PSA could be affiliated with the oil companies, she asked for her name and image to be withdrawn until she can find out for sure.
NEW YORK TIMES - July 30, 2010: " ... Prompted by a report by The Huffington Post that said Women of the Storm and the foundation were financed by oil companies, including BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Citgo and Chevron, Ms. Bullock said she would seek to be removed from the campaign. A publicist for Ms. Bullock wrote: “At no time was she made aware that any organization, oil company or otherwise had influence over Women of the Storm or its message. We have immediately asked for her participation in the P.S.A. be removed until the facts can be determined.” Officials for the America’s Wetland Foundation told The Huffington Post that the contributions it received from the oil companies were for scientific and ecological research. ... "