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Meryl Streep Disses Walt Disney, Emma Thompson Disses Perms at National Board of Review Dinner

by Beth Hanna
January 8, 2014 12:26 PM
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Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson at the NBR Awards Dinner
Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson at the NBR Awards Dinner

The National Board of Review dinner on January 7 reportedly took a nine-minute detour from its regularly scheduled programming when presenter Meryl Streep launched into a lengthy introduction of her pal, "Saving Mr. Banks" star Emma Thompson, which covered everything from Walt Disney's not so spotless track record, to Mozart, Van Gogh and Quentin Tarantino. Oh yeah, and Streep also wore a baseball cap with "Prize Winner" emblazoned on it; she started the speech with "Oh, I'm not the prize winner?"

While Streep didn't cut corners on paying Thompson her due (saying she's "practically a saint" and "a beautiful artist"), the news of the night was Streep's diatribe against Walt Disney. Per Variety, she said that he was a "gender bigot," and that: 

"[Disney] didn't trust women or cats...[he also] supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group.”

She then read from a 1938 letter from the Disney studio, which was in response to an aspiring woman cartoonist:

“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.”

Per the NYT, Thompson's acceptance speech was equally as notable, if more directed at P.L. Travers' hairstyle:

“It’s been an extraordinary year for women’s roles. I can’t think what gave me the edge. It must’ve been the perm. Which was a great sacrifice -- it meant, of course, no sex for months on end. And then, even then, only with animal noises accompanying it.”

As announced on December 4, the NBR winners included Thompson for Best Actress, Bruce Dern and Will Forte ("Nebraska") for Best Actor and Supporting Actor, Octavia Spencer ("Fruitvale Station") for Best Supporting Actress, while Best Picture and Director went to "Her" and Spike Jonze. 


  • ITTY UP | January 20, 2014 5:16 AMReply

    "WALT DISNEY was the ONLY REAL ARTIST Hollywood ever produced."

    And 50 years from now, how many of STREEP's overwrought nothings
    will people be looking back on? ----indeed, how many are even looking
    back on them NOW?

    STREEP remains terminally 'on board' ---just like the Globalist MAFIA
    franchise slum she works for.

  • Meryl | January 8, 2014 10:43 PMReply

    Hi Greg

    Disney is a huge successful corporation. I think it's going to be okay, but it's considerate of you to defend the big guys from getting picked on.

    Kind regards


  • Greg | January 8, 2014 1:57 PMReply

    Meryl Streep is one of the all-time
    greatest actresses of our time -- perhaps any time, and all praise in that area
    is her due.

    Of course, now comes the BUT…

    1. She had no trouble cashing all
    those hefty "Doubt" checks, or the ones from "Marvin's
    Room," in which she visited Disney World and was assuredly treated to
    complimentary luxury Disney hotel suites, gourmet food and no lines at rides.
    She has no trouble with all the money and perks attached to "Into the
    Woods" this year.


2. Ward Kimball's account of Walt
    Disney, like any other bio or personal account, is subject to the views and
    perceptions of that person and the person writing the bio (and that person has
    a serious and public issue with the current Disney administration and has taken
    great pains to embarrass specific people by name, even if they were not
    directly responsible.


3. Ward Kimball was a loose cannon who
    often clashed with Walt Disney, yet Disney kept him at the studio because he
    did not always want people around who agreed with everything he said, he wanted
    to hear dissenting opinions like many other notable leaders. 

    4. Ward Kimball is "reputed"
    to have started the "Walt is frozen" rumor as a gag.

    5. Quoting an inappropriate comment from
    50-80 years ago from a male or female of any minority in that period makes the
    assumption that the same person might feel that way today if he/she were alive
    today to defend himself/herself and perhaps make amends.


6. Comparing what someone said or did
    to the social mores of today is unfair and defies logic.

    7. Meryl Streep gave a great performance
    making the speech. She was acting.


8. Emma Thompson can do things for
    Meryl Streep, Walt Disney is dead and cannot. Personal agenda? Too bad Ms.
    Streep felt is necessary to embarrass Ms. Thompson and the Guests, as well as
    the staff serving her at the event. 

    Ms. Streep is still a great actress and
    I will continue to love her in movies and TV. Perhaps she should read a few
    more books about Walt Disney and related subjects in her luxurious trailer --
    or have her personal assistant read some for her and report out. 

    The sad part is that because these
    comments came from a such a giant as Streep, people will take away the message
    and not the facts not seek them out. 

    Please, please, folks, consider what you
    read, what you hear and what "associates" say it or wrote it.

    Ms. Streep again is brilliant at
    interpreting a script but clearly not adequate at gathering information. 

    she hit every hot button and thus succeeded at getting press and attention. 

    By using Walt Disney, a sure-fire
    attention getter.

    Who is exploiting whom?

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