Actress Meryl Streep blasted Walt Disney during a tribute to Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review awards Tuesday night. Thompson won the Board’s best actress award for “Saving Mr. Banks,” the story of how Disney persuaded the author of “Mary Poppins” to let him have the film rights. Variety reports Streep heaped praise on her fellow actress, and then launched into an attack on Disney for his alleged anti-Semitic and misogynistic views.
Whether Disney actually was either of those things is under fierce ongoing debate. Composer Phillip Glass’s 2013 opera “The Perfect American” portrays him as a sexist, racist McCarthy-ite, while his most recent biographer reached the opposite conclusion. And however Streep feels about Disney-the-man, this Christmas she’s starring in Disney-the-company’s film of the musical “Into the Woods.”
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