Just when you thought you'd reached the apex of admiration for Meryl Streep, she manages to smash all expectations with this speech that she recently gave at The National Board of Review dinner, chastising Walt Disney for being a 'gender bigot' and 'anti-semite'.
Streep's nine-minute speech ensued when taking to the stage to laud Emma Thompson for her portrayal of Mary Poppins 'creator P.L. Travers in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks'. Streep also continued to berate Walt Disney for his sexist and anti-Semitic leanings, where she was reliably informed by the animator and one of Disney's former employees (via Variety):
Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women. He didn’t trust women or cats.
Streep proceeded to read a letter written by his company in 1938 'to an aspiring female animator' which included this very becoming quote:
Women 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.
This revelation might come as a surprise to those who have seen Saving Mr. Banks, where the attack on is at odds with the amiable fellow portrayed by an even more amiable fellow .
Even though is not one to shy away from devisive roles such as her recent one as leader and first UK Prime Minister Magaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Streep was understood to be up for the role of . As we can see- she clearly never had any intention of accepting.
What are your thoughts on Streep's speech?