Meryl Streep is often hailed for being an acting chameleon, but who knew she had such a way with words of her own?
The “August: Osage County” star was tasked with honoring longtime friend Emma Thompson with a National Board of Review award for her role in “Saving Mr. Banks.”
Thompson stars as P.L. Travers in the film, which centers on the making of "Mary Poppins," and Streep delivered a mouthful when it came to Walt Disney.
“Disney, who brought joy, arguably, to billions of people, was perhaps, or had some… racist proclivities,” she said (via “Vanity Fair”). “He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobby. And he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot.”
Streep goes on to describe a 1938 letter Disney reportedly sent to a woman applying to Disney’s cartooning training program, noting that she knew it would “tickle” Thompson because “she’s also a rabid, man eating feminist, like I am.”
The letter claims that women are not considered for the school because they “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.”
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