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Meryl Streep Calls Walt Disney an ‘Anti-Semitic Gender Bigot’ in NBR Speech

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Meryl Streep isn’t just the greatest actress of our time. She is also a ballsy dame who took a few shots a Walt Disney for being a sexist and racist in her speech at the National Board of Review Awards, presenting the best actress award to Emma Thompson.

The reason Streep took aim at the late Disney during this particular speech is because Thompson’s film ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ is about Disney and is a Disney movie. She was twisting the male-dominated paradigm of Hollywood with her words.

It’s ironic, since Streep just shot a film for the studio, as well.

In her speech, she said, “Some of [Walt Disney's] 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 of the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, 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. That along with enormous creativity comes certain deficits in humanity, or decency. We are familiar with this trope in our business. Mozart, Van Gogh, Tarantino, Eminem…”

Notice Em got a reference, too.

Streep also said, “Disney, who brought joy, arguably, to billions of people, was perhaps … or had some racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group. And he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot.”

She also read a letter from a woman who applied into the cartooning training program to prove her point.

Yeah, so Meryl Streep is pretty fearless.

See the whole speech here.

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