Michael Oher’s story isn’t quite like every young athlete’s. While some are trained and groomed for a career in professional sports, Oher underwent some serious hardships before he made it big on the football field.
His story was inspiring enough to be made into an Oscar-winning film, but did they get everything right? Some of the facts may have been skewed in order to make the film even more impactful, which might have played a part in Michael Oher even saying he hated the movie.
Leigh Anne’s Family Was Racist
Racial issues are brushed over in the film and mentioned only occasionally. At one point, a player taunts Michael during a football game. Race is not a problem in the Tuohy home until Sean confesses that it’s strange for him to have a “black son” before having a Democrat as an acquaintance.
The book points out that Leigh Anne was raised by a racist family. She is not sure when or how her views about race change, but obviously at some point, the color lines blur. She also later said, “I married a man who doesn’t know his own color.”