Sandra Bullock’s son might only be 5-years-old but he’s already learning about racism, sexism, and homophobia.

“It’s an open conversation we have. He fully understands what that means,” Bullock told BET. “He doesn’t understand why people judge each other based on colour of the skin, but he knows they do.”

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Bullock, who adopted Louis in 2010, says it’s not difficult to teach him about these things.

“It’s not a conversation any parent wants to have with their child, that you’ll be judged by the color of your skin rather than the content of your character, but it exists and I want him to be safe and I want him to be aware,” she said.

She also wants him to be aware of sexism and homophobia.

“He knows a lot for a 5¾-year-old, but I think if you don’t start the conversation very early on, you’re doing them a disservice,” Bullock says.

“I want to know that I did the best I could as his mom to educate him on the ugliness in the world and also the beauty.”

And yes, the actress who is worth $200 million has something to say about Jennifer Lawrence’s essay on the wage gap in Hollywood.

“I think you need someone like Jennifer Lawrence, who’s hugely respected and successful, to stop and say, you know what, I know I have all these blessings, but here are the facts – it still happens to me.”

Bullock added that she has experienced sexism on set as well, saying in the past she has been treated as a pawn.

“Thank god for Jennifer Lawrence and her ability to write and to point the finger at herself – she was incredibly, incredibly brave.”

 

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