TV-MOVIES

How Michael
Oher Really
Feels About
The Blind Side

By JENNIFER LIND-WESTBROOK

When “The Blind Side” was released in 2009, it was a commercial success and won a Best Actress Academy Award for Sandra Bullock, who played matriarch Leigh Anne Tuohy. But how did the real-life protagonist, NFL player Michael Oher, feel about the movie?

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In his 2011 book “I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond,” Oher stated that the movie credited Tuohy with teaching him all about football, which was inaccurate because he had been studying the game since he was a kid. His statement reinforces the problems with the “white savior” narrative that the film has often been criticized for.

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Despite his attempts to set the record straight when it comes to his real life and "The Blind Side," Michael Oher feels the film also hurt his football career. In 2015, while playing for the Carolina Panthers, Oher told ESPN, "People look at me, and they take things away from me because of a movie. They don't really see the skills and the kind of player I am."

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