Sandra Bullock bumps Julia Roberts' Beautiful cover

Apr 29, 2010 at 1:47 p.m. ET

After yesterday’s big reveal of Sandra Bullock’s People magazine cover announcing her divorce and secret adoption, the headlines some websites and news outlets chose were ridiculous.

Julia RobertsA few sample headlines:

"Sandra Bullock Blind Sides Julia Roberts"

"Julia Roberts Furious at Sandra Bullock"

"Sandra Bullock Stole Julia Roberts' Career... and Cover"

Seriously, people?

We won't even dignify the organizations who deemed "Sandra Bullock Adopts a Black Baby" a newsworthy headline, but everyone else got all in a tizzy because Roberts had been displaced as the cover girl of People's annual Most Beautiful People issue in favor of Bullock beaming at her new baby boy.

Why the big hoo-hah over a little editorial switcheroo? It is because everyone loves a good celebrity catfight. "[Roberts is] a bit envious of Sandra," one outlet reported.

Hmm, of what do you think she's more covetous? The dissolution of Bullock's marriage or the ho-bag women who keep coming forward announcing they slept with her soon-to-be ex, Jesse James?

Many people claim the beef between the mega stars stems from The Proposal and The Blind Side, two roles Roberts originally filled but that eventually went to Bullock. The Proposal went on to gross more than $300 million, making it one of the biggest successes in Bullock's career. Likewise, The Blind Side, which earned $287 million, won Bullock an Oscar. Meanwhile, Julia's career has cooled a bit in recent years, a situation sure to turn around when Eat Pray Love opens August 13.

We think the whole thing is nonsense, cooked up in readership-seeking and catty minds. Considering this would have been Roberts' fourth Most Beautiful People cover, it's not like she's missing out on her big day in the sun.

What's so vexing is the idea that, whenever two actresses are prominent in Hollywood, it's automatically assumed they're at odds. If Matt Damon had bumped Ben Affleck or George Clooney off the cover, we wouldn't hear so much as a peep.

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