[Image via Simon & Schuster.]
Whoa, why's the ground shaking while It's A Small World is playing ominously in the background? Oh, that's just Walt Disney turning in his
cryogenic pod grave!
That's a very unmagical accusation right there!
Walt's grandniece Abigail Disney took to her Facebook page to weigh in on the
Kramer v. Kramer Meryl Streep v. Walt Disney fight that's as epic as Fantasmic:
"I hadn't heard a word about this Meryl Streep/Walt Disney flap till this morning. Funny how no one mentioned it to me…. Like I was living in some kind of information bubble and nobody wanted to hurt my feelings or something. But if anyone is going to have mixed feelings about a cultural icon, wouldn't it be a member of the family??? More than anyone else???…And if you are going to have mixed feelings about a family member (and we all do) take it from me, you really need to be as honest as possible about those feelings, or else you are going to lead yourself into many a blind alley in life!! … Anti-Semite? Check. Misogynist? OF COURSE!! Racist? C'mon he made a film (Jungle Book) about how you should stay 'with your own kind' at the height of the fight over segregation! As if the 'King of the Jungle' number wasn't proof enough!! How much more information do you need? But damn, he was hella good at making films and his work has made billions of people happy. There's no denying it. So there ya go. Mixed feelings up the wazoo…I feel I have to clarify. I LOVED what Meryl Streep said. I know he was a man of his times and I can forgive him, but Saving Mr Banks was a brazen attempt by the company to make a saint out of the man. A devil he was not. Nor an angel. That's the point and if you read ALL her remarks you'll know that's exactly what she was getting at. She said exactly what I said about how in spite of it all, his vision was amazing and he brought joy to so many around the world. So I say Brava Meryl. I don't believe in bashing for bashing's sake but whenever we see a misplaced attempt at hagiography we need to speak our minds!"
Wow, was she not included in his will or something? Those are some pretty harsh words coming from his own flesh and blood.
Unlike some of Walt's early cartoons, we're not sure if his controversial past is so black and white.
One thing's for sure…the next family reunion is going to be totally AWKS!