I don’t know if you are aware much of History at this time period but everyone was, Walt Disney was pretty fair compared to most.There was the labor issues that were in the forties and stuff like that. But by and large, no.” That will come as a surprise to anyone who has read mentions of Walt Disney’s alleged anti-Semitism, or his cryogenically frozen head, or any of the other rumors that swirl around the icon. So in order to get things straight, here is a factual analysis of all the many charges laid against Walt Disney in real life. Spoiler alert: He is not buried beneath Pirates of the Caribbean.
He was hiring other races and letting them into Disneyland before others were. I have a big post about how Walt make big moves in this way after song of the south came out, and I have posted about many women and just did today that worked under Walt.
a Historical animation expert said that there were no women anywhere in Hollywood at the time; they were relegated to inking and painting. He explained, “That was an industry-wide practice. There were, however, a number of women working at [Disney] in a creative capacity during that time, mostly in story development.”
In 1941, Disney defended women to the men working on Dumbo, stating, “If a woman can do the work as well, she is worth as much as a man. The girl artists have the right to expect the same chances for advancement as men, and I honestly believe they may eventually contribute something to this business that men never would or could.”
Disney hired his first female animator, Retta Scott, in 1942 for Bambi, and Mary Blair was the art supervisor and color stylist for Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. By 1959, Disney was writing, “Women are the best judges of anything we turn out. Their taste is very important. They are the theatergoers, they are the ones who drag the men in. If the women like it, to heck with the men.”
Disney’s anti-Semitism is the biggest myth of all; Neal Gabler, author ofWalt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, said,“It would be unfair to label him an anti-Semite himself, There is no evidence whatsoever in the extensive Disney Archives of any anti-Semitic remarks or actions by Walt.” Herman “Kay” Kamen, a Jew, was Disney’s merchandising chief, and Kamen once joked that Disney’s New York office “had more Jews than the Book of Leviticus.”
Disney donated to The Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York, Yeshiva College, and the Jewish Home for the Aged.
The claims of anti-Semitism were drummed up by Snow White animators Art Babbitt and David Hilberman, who were furious when the animators went on strike in 1941. Disney was convinced the strike was fomented by communists, whom he hated, and he joined the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, which was anti-Semitic but primarily anti-communist.
Douglas Brode, the Jewish author of Multiculturalism and the Mouse: Race and Sex in Disney Entertainment, said:There is zero hard evidence that Disney ever wrote or said anything anti-Semitic in private or public. His films feature a wide array of great Jewish actors in the most diverse roles imaginable, more so than any other studio of Hollywood’s golden age, including those run by Jewish movie moguls. Finally, there is no evidence in the work of anti-Semitism via negatively portrayed Jewish characters. Disney, let’s recall, was the first filmmaker ever to cast a Jewish actor, Ed Wynn, as Santa Claus, in Babes in Toyland. We ought to give Disney the benefit of the doubt.
One of Walt’s former secretaries, Dorothy Wrigley, was recently asked in an interview if she had ever seen any displays of racism or bigotry by her boss. Without hesitation, she said, “No.” She said he was always professional. Tough at times, yes, because he had a vision and knew what he wanted.
and now that I have given you a history lesson might I suggest a little something to you, Disney is not a perfect company, probably never will be but I choose to look at the GOOD it does! and OH does it do good! also I am a person that makes a stand against the same things you go on and on about (but I do my research and homework) might I suggest that you find ways to change the issues happening now instead of going after a man who can’t defend himself since he’s been dead for 48 years. Also another wrong thing to do is judge people so I also would like you to add to your list of wrong things as judging people for things you don’t understand so I hope that you will kindly stop judging myself and fellow Disney fans for what we choose to love!
Absolutely beautiful. We need more educated posts like this circulating. People are too quick to act on what they hear instead of doing research.
Yes please spread this for those who fail to research and assume Walt was a racist anti Semitic man.