Was Disney anti-Semitic?
Posted by Lissa on October 13, 2009
Sure, it SEEMS like a completely random question, but here’s what spurred it:
(Be warned that the first three videos I tried had been yanked down by Fox, so I don’t know how long that one will stay valid. In a nutshell — Stewie and Brian end up in a Disney universe where everything is perfect and wonderful . . . until they beat the crap out of Mort Goldman for being a Jew.)
I thought that perhaps Walt Disney was, like Wagner, known for being an anti-Semite and everyone knew it but me. However, from what I can see, it’s one of those persisting rumors without a lot of basis in truth.
Mind you, a lot of Hollywood studios that were Disney’s prime competition were run by Jews at the time; it can be hard to tell the difference between anti-Semitism and professional rivalry. But as a point of fact it was his membership in The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals that earned him the reputation of an anti-Semite.
And that seems odd to me. According to Our Lady of Wikipedia, other members included Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan and John Wayne; I don’t hear much talk of their anti-Semitism.
Although perhaps that too is one of those things that everyone knows but me.
P.S. Go here for a response to that Family Guy clip from a guy who worked at Disney; he didn’t think Walt was anti-Semitic.
P.P.S. I used to love-love-love Family Guy. As they’ve gotten more anti-military and partisan, it’s been harder to watch. (“The US Military – all the brown people you can rape” . . . f*** you, Seth Farland. And you really think electing Gore in 2000 would lead to flying cars and health care that kept anyone from dying? SRSLY?) I persist because FG has moments of brilliance in its comedy. That, and I need to watch things that irritate me like that at least some of the time; it’s the same reason that makes me drop by HuffPo on occasion. Good to see what other people think, rather than just reading people I agree with all the time.
P.P.S. During my search for today’s post I ran across this page. Good god I love the people at Cracked — I was actually laughing so loud I scared the cat. Money quote — “Lesson Learned: The late 1800s were a great time to be African-American and possibly on acid.” (With a close runner-up in the Fantasia section.)