By James Hirsen
Meryl Streep stunned an audience at a recent National Board of Review awards ceremony, a highly watched pre-Oscar affair. The perennial Oscar nominee let loose with an odd verbal assault on Walt Disney, saying that the entertainment mogul "had some racist proclivities." Streep additionally commented that Disney had "supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group" and characterized him as "a gender bigot."
The actress shared her critique while presenting the best actress trophy to Emma Thompson. In the current Disney film "Saving Mr. Banks," Thompson plays the role of P.L. Travers, who penned "Mary Poppins." Streep is no doubt aware that the charge of bigotry is a toxic accusation that can travel at warp speed across the entertainment industry. Interestingly, her timing happened to coincide with the period in which Academy members were in the process of deliberating over Oscar nominees. [more...]