A recent interview between E! News and Sandra Bullock started out light-hearted enough. “Of course, that was coming,” she sarcastically smirked when addressing the topic of being named People’s “Most Beautiful Woman” of 2015. However, from that topic, things soon got serious.

 

While promoting her upcoming film, “Minions,” the actress and now beauty icon revealed that she accepted the honor in order to address an issue that she sees as rampant: treatment of women based on age and appearance.

 

She elaborated as the interview went on:

“I feel like it’s become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age… I’m shocked—and maybe I was just naïve, but I’m embarrassed by it. My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I’m trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates women, and here we have this attack on women in the media that I don’t see a stop happening.”

 

Bullock’s comments raise questions about the media’s treatment of women and also addresses concerns about placing emphasis on age and physical beauty rather than inner beauty. In her opinion, it has become increasingly worrisome to raise her son in a way that fosters acceptance and appreciation of women, considering the overall message promoted by the media. Citing bullying as a serious concern, she created a call to action for icons to speak up about this issue.

 

Many social media platforms — see: Twitter and Facebook for example — have stepped forward to provide tools that combat cyberbullying and potentially prevent suicide. Despite the efficacy of these tools, they do not provide a panacea for the underlying problems many young girls face.

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was told she was “too old” to play opposite a 55-year-old man. (cdn-premiere.ladmedia.fr)

Bullock joins a long line of prominent women in Hollywood who have raised the issue of the portrayal of women in the media. Just recently, 37-year-old Maggie Gyllenhaal experienced similar discrimination, as she was denied a part in a movie on that grounds that she has become “too old.”

 

One of Bullock’s primary reasons for accepting the honor from People was for the opportunity to publicly recognize the women she finds beautiful — women “who rise above and take care of business and do wonderful things, and take care of each other” outside of the traditional definition.

 

What do you think of Sandra Bullock’s stand against the media’s attacks on women? Do you think progress has been made on this issue? Comment below or tweet @connerws to tell us what you think!