Kate Bush looking hot and confident and powerful and totally Kate in 2014
A dream come true…I still cannot believe it.
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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My home state!!!!! So happy and excited for the future. :)