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Meryl Streep is right: Walt Disney was a 'gender bigot.' So what?
Meryl Streep is right: Walt Disney was a 'gender bigot.' So what?

Meryl Streep is right. At some point in his storied career, Walt Disney belonged to an anti-Semitic group and surely was sexist -- or a "gender bigot," as she put it Tuesday when she presented a National Board of Review award to Emma Thompson for her work as the novelist P.L. Travers in the movie “Saving Mr. Banks.” (Thompson played opposite Tom Hanks’ Disney, the creative visionary who desperately wanted to turn Travers’ complicated heroine Mary Poppins into the saccharine character we think of today.) According to the Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Appelo, Streep “caused eyebrows to raise throughout Hollywood” when she characterized...

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