Meryl Streep’s Negative Comments About Walt Disney Spark Controversy

January 9, 2014 • By

Meryl Streep Walt Disney

Meryl Streep was on hand at the National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York this week to present an award to Emma Thompson for her portrayal of P.L. Travers in Disney’s new movie “Saving Mr. Banks.” Halfway through her presentation, Meryl had some negative things to say about Walt Disney, including:

“[Disney was] a gender bigot…some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women.”

Meryl then quoted a letter from the Walt Disney Company, which was sent to an aspiring female animator in 1938:

“Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men.”

Disney fans have hit back with the following quote from Walt Disney in 1959:

Women are the best judges of anything we turn out. Their taste is very important. They are the theatre-goers, they are the ones that drag the men in. If the women like it, the heck with the men.

Meryl stars in the upcoming Disney movie “Into The Woods.”