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Not even a spoonful of sugar can make this Disney diss go down!
While presenting the Best Actress Award to Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks at the National Board of Review Awards Gala on Tuesday, Meryl Streep slammed the late man behind the mouse, Walt Disney.
"Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women. Ward Kimball, who was one of his chief animators, one of the original 'Nine Old Men,' creator the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and Jiminy Cricket, said of Disney: ‘He didn’t trust women or cats.’ And there is a piece of received wisdom that says that the most creative people are often odd, or irritating, eccentric, damaged, difficult….Disney, who brought joy, arguably, to billions of people, was perhaps, or had some…racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobby. And he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot….When I saw the film [Saving Mr. Banks], I could just imagine Walt Disney’s chagrin at having to cultivate P.L. Travers’ favor for 20 years that it took to secure the rights to her work. It must have killed him to encounter, in a woman, an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own, considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination."
Wow! We've never seen such shade thrown before, animated or otherwise!
Well, there goes Meryl's chances of ever portraying Walt in a movie that we'd like to think would be called Disney Wears Prada, which would probably earn her every award ever!
Meanwhile, it's your move, Disney! We'll see how the Mouse responds to all this drama!