You might be familiar with the name Leigh Ann Tuohy. She is the adopted mother of NFL tackle Michael Oher, the player whose story inspired the book and movie, The Blind Side. In the film, Tuohy is played by Sandra Bullock who later went on to win an Oscar for her role.
Four days ago, Tuohy posted this photo (and accompanying story) on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.
We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We gave to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people! Don’t judge a book by its cover or however you’d like to express the sentiment! Accept others and stoping seeing what you want to see!!! #LeighAnnesSundaySermon #BelieveInOthers
A nice gesture. Sure. Publicizing it is a little weird but whatever, maybe that’s what she does on social media. Anyway, some time in the last 48 hours, one of the young men in the pic responded on Instagram.
And that comment is now the basis for serious vitriol hurled at Tuohy.
I know, I know. We shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds us. We should be grateful to be given good homes. Except that’s how you speak about dogs, I’m sick of black people being treated like animals, and America is not Leigh Ann Tuohy’s personal ASPCA.
Leigh Anne Tuohy profiled two Black kids, invaded their privacy and interrogated them, but somehow people are behaving as if this is some kind of wonderful social justice moment. No. Not even a little. This is some fucked up racial profiling combined with white saviourism.
I don’t think Tuohy is telling the story she thinks she’s telling…
The young man in the pic again responded on Instagram. This time with details defending Tuohy’s action (sort of).
Where does this all leave us? Who knows. In the end, Tuohy is probably not the monster racist several Facebook commenters want you to believe she is. Maybe, just maybe, she wanted to do something nice.
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The 25 Best Basketball Movies Of All Time
by Spencer Lund and Jack Winter
It’s summer time, and that means NBA players are at the beach, or in the gym getting ready for next year. Some are in Las Vegas playing for their Summer League teams, but it’s freakin’ hot there, and while it’s a fun bit of basketball as a summer respite, it’s a long way from the level of action we were watching in June.
So that leaves the rest of us plenty of time to twiddle our thumbs and wonder what the hell we’re going to do to pass the time before training camps and preseason ball tips off in October. It’s only natural, with DIME joining the UPROXX family a year from this past February, that we do another update on our basketball movie rankings. This list is subjective, but that shouldn’t stop you from offering up your own suggestions and giving us a hard time if we missed one of your own hoop favorites.