Restore the Gulf‘s “Be the One” campaign has one less star on board.
After Sandra Bullock spoke up for a Gulf of Mexico cleanup with celebrities like Blake Lively and Lenny Kravitz in a PSA for the campaign, a spokesperson for the Oscar-winning actress says she wants her parts of the video removed, according to the Associated Press.
Why the change of heart?
Bullock’s decision came after the Web site DeSmogBlog called the campaign an industry push to rally support for drilling and taxpayer money to repair coastal damage caused by the BP oil spill.
Women of the Storm, the non-partisan alliance of Louisiana women that produced the video, is partnered with the America’s Wetland Foundation. This foundation lists BP and other oil companies as sponsors on its Web site.
“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 the star’s rep. “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 PSA be removed until the facts can be determined.
“[Bullock’s] commitment to the Gulf region has been apparent for many years,” the rep added, “and she will continue to pursue opportunities that will bring awareness and support to the plight of the Gulf region.”
Anne Milling, founder of Women of the Storm, says that although the foundation provided the campaign with information, the PSA was not funded by oil companies.
As of Friday, the video on the campaign’s site still contained the clips of Bullock.