The actress took aim at the film legend while paying tribute to Emma Thompson, who portrays Mary Poppins writer P. L. Travers opposite Tom Hanks' Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, at a National Board of Review gala in New York earlier this month (Jan14), and rather than defend her relative, Abigail Disney has gone even further.
The filmmaker and social activist reveals she "loved" hearing what Streep had to say about Walt Disney when she called him a "bigot" and insinuated the filmmaker was a racist, a sexist and a supporter of anti-Semitism.
Abigail, whose grandfather Roy O. Disney was Walt's older brother, took to her Facebook.com page last week (10Jan14) and posted: "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 (sic)."
She later added, "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 (Streep) 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!"
Executives at the Walt Disney Company have declined to comment on Abigail's Facebook posts.
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