Facts about Walt Disney concerning Women’s Rights and more:
GAY RIGHTS - In the early days of the studio (when being gay was still illegal and deeply hidden in most of the country) an animator was outed. His name was never revealed, but a witch hunt ensued by fellow animators to have him fired for his sexuality. At that time, any boss would have fired him without question, but Walt refused. He worked at the studio for years and years afterward. While Walt never spoke on gay rights or sexuality in general, this action at a time of intense homophobia speaks volumes.
CIVIL RIGHTS - Walt personally crafted and promoted a role for James Baskett that eventually led to him being the first African American to win an Oscar. While the film, Song of the South, has been criticized for showing a rosy depiction of a post Civil War south in which (gasp) blacks and whites got along, it was a stepping stone for better roles and recognition for black actors in America.
VIEWS ON BEING JEWISH - Walt hired and promoted Jewish songwriting team, the Sherman Brothers to become the most decorated and respected songwriters in the country (some would say at one point in time, the world). With Walt’s support, they went on to win countless Oscars and prestige. Only one is still with us, but both had stood up many times in their lives and refuted Walt’s anti-Semitism. Many others have also come forward to refute these claims.
WOMENS RIGHTS - Walt may have limited what female employees could do in the early days of the studio, but by the 1950’s, Walt hired and promoted female artists and writers to quite prominent positions. Perhaps most notably Mary Blair, who single-handedly defined the look of some of Walt’s most famous films and rides, and Peggy Lee who wrote the songs, and provided multiple voices for Lady and the Tramp.
Not only this, but when Mary Poppins went into production, Walt (shockingly) felt that Mrs. Banks should be employed - and not a housewife or society woman. He could have easily gone with a historically accurate secretary, teacher, or nurse, but what did he do? He made her a suffragette and promoted the idea of Women’s Rights within the framework of the story. Sure, Walt was against Women’s Rights all the way.
Meryl Streep’s cherry picking of ancient facts and fiction is absolutely disgusting. When Walt’s studio sent out that letter about female animators, almost no studio in Hollywood employed women in any function other than peons. Walt’s female workers did one of the most important jobs in the studio - actually creating the final cells of animation. Does Streep not understand the animation process? The early films - what you see on screen - that was produced by women. Walt’s views on women in the 1930’s and 1940’s were in keeping (and perhaps even progressive) for a male studio head at that time, and judging by his later employment and promotion of female artists and writers, these views clearly evolved.
Let’s look at anyone’s views who was born over a century ago - nearly ALL of our heroes will disappoint us. Judging someone from that time with a modern lens is irresponsible and historically naive. Meryl Streep has really disappointed me. I bet she’s not going to show any hesitation when cashing her check from Into the Woods by WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS.
It’s been a good year. 17 down, 33 to go!
hey instead of bullying straight/white/cis people because “they havent been oppressed” how about we dONT PICK ON ANYBODY AT ALL??????H OW ABOUT WE????FUCKING PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH AND BE NICE TO INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVENT DONE ANYTHING TO HURT US BESIDES EXIST??????????
***things white people say***
***im not a white person***
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This is an adorable little gifset, but you know what upsets me? It’s the first gif. The moment they pull away from the kiss the guy on the right shoots a look over his shoulder. I’ve done that. I always do that whenever I kiss a guy in public because I’ve grown up in a world where I’ve had abuse hurled at me and friends who were gay bashed. It’s survival. It’s sad.
My hope for the future is that no one will have to look over their shoulder to check the coast is clear when they want to kiss. Kissing is natural and beautiful, no matter who you’re doing it to.
I’ve never NOT done that.
I’ve never even held my fiance’s hand in public for an extended period of time. I’m too bloody scared.
Same. There’s always the awareness. Public display of affection, however small is never without at the very minimal the thought of fear that someone might see it who will say something horrible, or worse.
I don’t think I ever thought I was the only one who felt like this but it’s comforting to see real people say it. It’s sad we have to live our lives being careful of who sees our affection and I was admittedly a lot more cautious in my younger days.
Now I’m all old and jaded and grizzled and I don’t give a fuck if somebody has a problem with me or anything I do.
I admit I did the same thing like the first gif. After we kissed in public, we had to look around to see if anyone saw us. It’s not because we’re ashamed, but because we’re scared that it would compromise our safety. And the last gif too, he has to look before contemplating to put a hand around the other guy. :c
I always got really nervous when a guy tried to hold on my hand in public. I wanted it to feel right but it just didn’t with all this amount of fear going through my head.
I go to fucking Ithaca College, one of the most LGBT friendly schools in the US, and I still feel a cold rush of dread when I show public affection for a man I’m dating.
I also grew up in a decently accepting/liberal town, and I still have this fear. This is the kind of town where my coming out in 8th grade was no big deal, and yet my stomach threatens to abort mission when I touch another man and the door to my room is open. I was president of our GSA for chrissakes and every mention I made about guys that I liked in high school made me wonder if that would be the day someone called me a fag again and try to assault me.
This kind of shit is why I get so pissed when people say that queer people have come far enough and that we don’t need to keep fighting. That we’re making a big deal out of nothing.
Maybe when kids don’t grow up with such an ingrained discourse of fear and shame about their sexuality, then maybe we’ve gotten to a place we need to be.
Maybe when my friends don’t have to fucking fear for their lives when they use a bathroom.
Maybe when streets aren’t a battleground and we don’t all have to play the part of the covert operative.
It amazes me how common this is to so many, if not all, people in the queer community. No matter where you grew up, no matter who you knew. The fear is there and it threatens to keep you from loving yourself and others freely and openly. It makes me so sick and so tired that a common denominator in the queer community is fear. Fear of being found out, of being seen, of who knows who you really are, of who you can and can’t trust with yourself.
are you fucking kidding me
NO YOU REALLY DO
idk what i expected but it wasn’t this
ok that was awesome
It’s like a villaness song in a Disney movie…
Disney villainess song meets Bond theme.
This was amazing.
Why is this just barely coming around though?
Shirley Bassey is brilliant.