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Published: Friday, Jan. 10 2014 3:45 p.m. MST

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okeesmokee
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I would take Walt Disney and his contribution to the entertainment industry over Meryl Streep's contribution. She is just an actress, Disney was a visionary whose legacy will last for hundreds of years.

Big red
Beverly Hills, CA

Oddly it appears that Mr. Norman started out like a Lion disputing the facts that Meryl presented, when. By the end he states that everything she stated was actually a truth. It appears the Disney family per say just doesn't want any negative press, even though it appears to be true by their mouth pieces own admission.

wilsclanmom
Alexandria, VA

Did Big Red even read Mr. Norman's blog? Did he read the lists of women employed in the animation department in the 50's, including a woman heading up one of the commercial departments at Disney studios? Did he read the lists of the many Jewish writers, song-writers and artists employed by Disney. That this was the end of an evolutionary growth process he does not deny. Is Big Red old enough to have noticed that all of America was going through the same evolutionary growth process and that Walt was ahead of, rather than behind the curve?
This a far cry from confirming that everything Meryl Streep said was true. Nothing she said was true. If you know what truth is anyway. Saying that the Disney family just doesn't want any negative press is a complete distortion. They don't want the truth distorted by Meryl Streep's own distorted lens. Sometimes when you look through a distorted lens at a good and beautiful thing, you see something ugly instead. The fault is in the lens.

Hurricanes
South korea, 00

I am a big fan of Disney Animation/Walt Disney movies. Meryl Streep is not just an actress , she has been in the film making Industry for years. She makes a vaild point about Walt Disney movies.
The black person in Walt Disney is always the villian. Pocotanus, she had a perfect figure and was a servant to John Smith. The Pocotanus story is nothing like the movie .Beauty and the Beast, well he was an abusive animal to Beauty.I did a gender related paper at a Univeristy in a Western country on Walt disney movies. I was wearing rose tinted glasses at the time, thinking Walt Disney movies are magical and fun.
After completing the gender related paper, I could see the stero types on particular races and gender Walt Disney Movies were portraying.
I feel Meryl Streep is just saying out loud , how other groups feel about Walt Disney and the movies/animation he has created. As for Walt Disney family, they are just protecting their mass fortune and dignity of their father legacy.

Svoboda_Religii
West valley City, UT

I like Beauty and the Beast. Geez, it's a fairy tale.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Blaming Disney for sexism is like blaming Jefferson for slavery. Whether the man was truly a sexist or not would have been relative to the time and facts about his life that none of us will ever know. Just because he didn't treat women's roles in business like we do today doesn't make him a sexist.

Even then, just because it became popular to accept women in the workplace didn't mean it should have been. The LDS Church opposed the ERA for good reason. We are known for being incredibly supportive of women's involvement in society, the world, home, etc... much more so than those who simply wanted to put women to work and end the discussion there.

Norman was right about one thing for sure...

How could anyone make statements about someone they've never met?

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

This is both laughable and disgusting. Hollywood attempting to label Walt Disney. Go figure.Those of us old enough to remember watching and listening to Walt Disney on TV judge the man on his actions and his business. Every one of Walt's early Disney movies held women in high esteem from Mary Poppins to Swiss Family Robinson. Listening to Hollywood bark out anything these days is both nauseating and so blatantly hypocritical. Holy cow - take a visit to Disneyland and do come away thinking...wow that Walt Disney sure was a sexist man? Honestly this garbage from morally challenged Hollywood is just so much "sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal".

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

I enjoyed Disney cartoons when I was little; not so much now as I have matured, Walt is long dead, and the "studios" now seem just to crank out insipid and pc cartoons and films.

Disney the man? I did not expect him to be perfect, nor do I think it wise to judge by modern standards that might in their turn be popularly decried in future times. I do not know a whole lot about him but he sounds pretty much like many people of his time. His productions are viewed nostalgically because of their perceived relative innocence.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

This is where liberals get the often justified label of “smug elitists.”

Before we hurl too many rocks through the windows of historical glass houses, we may want to ask how history might judge us by a standard yet unknown.

Would Ms. Streep like to be remembered solely for, say, some (misguided by the standards of 2100) political views or would she prefer people remember both her body of work and her as a whole, complex, amazing but flawed person?

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Regardless of what the truth is on Walt Disney, it was in appallingly bad taste for Meryl Streep to use the occasion to malign Disney with disputed allegations that are old stuff. Why dredge up the past when the evening’s attention properly belonged on Emma Thompson as the award recipient?

Not that this incident represents anything new. For an award presenter to use the occasion to steal the spotlight by making a controversial statement has become all too common at awards ceremonies these days.

Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT

Streep is a good actress and an incredibly poor historian. Her activism has taken over her common sense of humanity.

airnaut
Everett, 00

What the?...

Let's examine the evidence.

Snow White,
Cinderella,
Sleeping Beauty,
Alice in Wonderland,
Little Mermaid,
Beauty and the Beast,
Pocahontas,
Lilo,
Mulan,
Brave,
Frozen,

Brave young women,
faces thei inner-most fears,
over coming seemingly extreme obstacles,

Ya, that Walt Disney --
How dare he build an entire Industry around sexism against women!

Hrmpf!

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

Snow White,
Cinderella,
Sleeping Beauty,
Alice in Wonderland,
Little Mermaid,
Beauty and the Beast,
Pocahontas,
Lilo,
Mulan,
Brave,
Frozen

But why are most of them motherless? What was it with Disney that the heroines had to have a stepmother or no mother at all?

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

When Seth MacFarlane criticizes Walt, its funny as there is an element of truth to it.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

A naive, pollyanna, like defense of the Disney empire in Utah? I am shocked!?

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Hank Pym

So what's your point?? Do you have evidence of sexism from Walt Disney or not? Do tell. Every post here gave evidence that Walt was anything BUT a sexist man so I expect you have something else to offer other than you hate everything wholesome and decent like most liberals?

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