On Jan. 4, Sandra Bullock was honored at the 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival and decided to go about her acceptance speech a little differently. Bullock decided to Google herself and share some of the mean/ridiculous/funny comments she found on articles about herself with the audience which included fellow honorees Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. This, of course, lead to internet commenters leaving more mean/ridiculous/funny comments on articles about the speech. The cycle continues. The train keeps on rolling. The Bullock insults keep a-comin'. But first, the speech.
Bullock started off saying,
I thought maybe it would be a nice fun approach to this evening to do, maybe, something different, so I Googled myself and read the comments section, thinking I would get some tidbits of what people really think of me and share them. Never read the comments section … or Google oneself, at anytime...
I feel ya, Sandra. When I Google myself articles about Sandra Bullock tend to pop up, too. It's weird.
She continued, "Apparently, Julia [Roberts], I don't know where you are, you and I are in a dispute over George Clooney. We talked about this, right? It's a shared custody." Zing!
Bullock went on to mention that there's tons of comments out there in which people say, "There is absolutely nothing special about her acting," "She is not particularly attractive," "She is mediocre," and "Sandra Bullock is way past 40." Bullock ended the speech saying, "I have had a very fortunate year! ... So from this not particularly talented or mediocre over-40 woman, I am so grateful and so thankful, and I so appreciate this."
I don't know if she saw this coming, but naturally people went on the articles about the speech itself and made more necessary-only-to-themselves comments.
Here's some not so nice ones from Huffington Post:
Thomas K.: Maybe she should IMDd herself next and have an epiphany on her generally terrible film choices.
Judy Kabo: Is that how she found out Jesse was cheating on her?
Mike M.: Sandra is cool, but she's had so much plastic surgery on her face.
But some people took the opportunity to be nicer in case, ya know, Sandra happens to Google herself again and happens to land on that exact article and read their comment:
Richard Bullock: Sandra, if you google this, I think you're great!
Jonida S.: Sandra, if you google this, I wish I had your body and I'm 26
Marcia G.: I like Sandra Bullock. She appears to be a grounded person. If being over 40 is the worse thing they can say about her then she is doing quite well.
Well played, Internet. Well played.