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Are Disney ‘Gender Bigots’? Meryl Streep Thinks So…

by | 9th, January 2014

This is a December 23, 1965 photo of film animator and producer Walter Disney, in his office pretending to read a script with a dog, seated behind Disney's desk. (AP Photo)

DISNEY are a problematic bunch at the best of times, and unfortunately for them, they’ve been very successful and for a long, long time, which means they’re subject to the kind of scrutiny that not many other organisations are.

Tough titty.

Amongst their many detractors, Meryl Streep has stuck a well placed boot in while being her usual glorious self at the National Board of Review awards dinner, delivering a nine-minute speech, aiming a dig or two at Disney.

Streep was presenting Emma Thompson with the organization’s Best Actress award for her role as Mary Poppins in the film, ‘Saving Mr Banks’. Along the way, Streep called Thompson “a beautiful artist” and “practically a saint.” And then got her scorn ready.

Disney, in the past, have been accused of anti-Semitism and more, but Streep focused her ire on Disney’s treatment of women, calling Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks in the film, for the record) a “gender bigot” and quoting longtime Disney animator Ward Kimball, who said his boss “didn’t trust women or cats.”

The Jews got a mention to, with Streep accusing Disney of supporting “an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group,” invariably a reference to the Motion Picture Alliance. She also quoted a letter

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