A rep for Sandra Bullock has requested that the actress’ part in a public service announcement (PSA) promoting the preservation of the oil-slicked Gulf of Mexico be removed until she can confirm that the clip has not been influenced by a coalition of oil companies.
In a statement issued Thursday, Bullock’s publicist Cheryl Maisel writes:
“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. 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 [Bullock's] participation in the PSA be removed until the facts be determined.”
The PSA was produced by Women of the Storm, a New Orleans group that lists America’s Wetland Foundation, BP, and other oil companies as sponsors on its website. Anne Milling, founder of Women of the Storm, acknowledges that the Wetland Foundationg provided experts and information for the PSA, but denies that the video was funded by oil companies.