Not so fast, there, Meryl Streep

Bill Schanefelt
Did you know that that Uncle Walt Disney was a misogynistic Jew-hater?  

I didn't either until Meryl Streep informed me and the rest of the world of those purported facts the other day at one of those gatherings where the glitterati touch each other's, er rather, pat each other on the back and spout drivel.

Former Reagan speechwriter Clark S. Judge finds such notions fatuous:

...I was dismayed...when...Disney (was called) a "gender bigot" and an anti-Semite....[since] [t]he lead animator in Bambi...was a woman....[and he] had numerous Jewish friends, business associates and employees, supported a number of Jewish charities and in 1955 was named the Beverly Hill's B'nai B'rith's Man of the year.

Mr. Judge goes on to say:

As a child, one of my [Jewish] friends played in Disney's office.  His father was in charge of some critical operations at the Disney studios.  His mother was the model for Snow White.

It seems Disney was such a "gender bigot" that he refused to give significant positions to wimmin.  Oh, wait:

Ann Ronell, a songwriter whose credits include...the lyrics for [Disney's] "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" died [recently]....In the early 30's...Miss Ronell wrote the hits "Baby's Birthday Party," "Rain on the Roof" and "Willow, Weep for Me," which won her a job with Walt Disney Studios.

And then there's this long account by Jim Hill about Disney's hatred of Jooos:

... legendary movie producer & director Mervyn LeRoy....[b]orn...to Jewish parents.... actually held Walt Disney in extremely high esteem.

Hill references a quote in Neal Gabler's book that LeRoy: "...stated that Walt was one of only two geniuses that he had ever met -- MGM producer Irving Thalberg being the second."

And Hill goes on to ask rhetorically:

If Walt Disney actually were the sort of anti-Semite that people like Meryl Streep seem to think that he was, then why would Walt repeatedly go out of his way to help someone like Mervyn LeRoy? Who was, after all, a Jew?

And:

If Walt really was what Meryl Streep said that he was, then why -- when it came time to make "Song of the South" -- would Disney have then reached out to Samuel Goldwyn?

Why then, you might ask, would such false charges be leveled at the creator of Steamboat Willie and other memorable characters and productions?

Well, as I am reminded by AT's editor, both Disney and the producer of The Ten Commandments were Hollywood anti-communist and anti-labor conservatives, and DeMille (whose mother was born Jewish) was also sometimes falsely accused of anti-Semitism. 

So, it's the Left's way, that's why.  Even before Alinsky wrote Rule 13, the Left polarized and smeared everyone on the Right.

As Mr. Judge writes, his friend's mother said Streep "was recycling smears that originated with the communist attempts to take over Hollywood following the Second World War."

Furthermore:

It strikes me that, in addition to (if reports are true) grotesque ambition, Ms. Streep reflects a certain warped mindset that is all too prominent in the fashionable circles of our time.  I am talking about a predisposition to believe that anything iconically American is corrupt.

And the glitterati suck it up.

Mr. Judge writes regularly at hughhewett.com, his columns are always insightful, and they frequently debunk the Left's Received Wisdom of the day.

The author is retired, his profile may be found on LinkedIn, and he may be argued with at bilschan@hotmail.com.

Did you know that that Uncle Walt Disney was a misogynistic Jew-hater?  

I didn't either until Meryl Streep informed me and the rest of the world of those purported facts the other day at one of those gatherings where the glitterati touch each other's, er rather, pat each other on the back and spout drivel.

Former Reagan speechwriter Clark S. Judge finds such notions fatuous:

...I was dismayed...when...Disney (was called) a "gender bigot" and an anti-Semite....[since] [t]he lead animator in Bambi...was a woman....[and he] had numerous Jewish friends, business associates and employees, supported a number of Jewish charities and in 1955 was named the Beverly Hill's B'nai B'rith's Man of the year.

Mr. Judge goes on to say:

As a child, one of my [Jewish] friends played in Disney's office.  His father was in charge of some critical operations at the Disney studios.  His mother was the model for Snow White.

It seems Disney was such a "gender bigot" that he refused to give significant positions to wimmin.  Oh, wait:

Ann Ronell, a songwriter whose credits include...the lyrics for [Disney's] "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" died [recently]....In the early 30's...Miss Ronell wrote the hits "Baby's Birthday Party," "Rain on the Roof" and "Willow, Weep for Me," which won her a job with Walt Disney Studios.

And then there's this long account by Jim Hill about Disney's hatred of Jooos:

... legendary movie producer & director Mervyn LeRoy....[b]orn...to Jewish parents.... actually held Walt Disney in extremely high esteem.

Hill references a quote in Neal Gabler's book that LeRoy: "...stated that Walt was one of only two geniuses that he had ever met -- MGM producer Irving Thalberg being the second."

And Hill goes on to ask rhetorically:

If Walt Disney actually were the sort of anti-Semite that people like Meryl Streep seem to think that he was, then why would Walt repeatedly go out of his way to help someone like Mervyn LeRoy? Who was, after all, a Jew?

And:

If Walt really was what Meryl Streep said that he was, then why -- when it came time to make "Song of the South" -- would Disney have then reached out to Samuel Goldwyn?

Why then, you might ask, would such false charges be leveled at the creator of Steamboat Willie and other memorable characters and productions?

Well, as I am reminded by AT's editor, both Disney and the producer of The Ten Commandments were Hollywood anti-communist and anti-labor conservatives, and DeMille (whose mother was born Jewish) was also sometimes falsely accused of anti-Semitism. 

So, it's the Left's way, that's why.  Even before Alinsky wrote Rule 13, the Left polarized and smeared everyone on the Right.

As Mr. Judge writes, his friend's mother said Streep "was recycling smears that originated with the communist attempts to take over Hollywood following the Second World War."

Furthermore:

It strikes me that, in addition to (if reports are true) grotesque ambition, Ms. Streep reflects a certain warped mindset that is all too prominent in the fashionable circles of our time.  I am talking about a predisposition to believe that anything iconically American is corrupt.

And the glitterati suck it up.

Mr. Judge writes regularly at hughhewett.com, his columns are always insightful, and they frequently debunk the Left's Received Wisdom of the day.

The author is retired, his profile may be found on LinkedIn, and he may be argued with at bilschan@hotmail.com.