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  • Cory 2010/03/29 11:02:26
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    Cory
    +6
    WARNING: VERY LONG COMMENT AHEAD. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT THEN SKIP TO THE NEXT ONE.

    Maybe in this age of being politicaly correct there is some questionable material but by the standars of Disney's time, he could actualy be seen as progressive. Alot of people say the crows from Dumbo were racist, but in the time that the movie was made(1941) to have a "black" character not only play a major part in the film, but a major positive role was virualy unheard of. The same thing with Uncle Remus in Song of the South(1946). He is the central figure in the movie: kind, caring, understanding. Disney went to great lenghts to make sure Song of the South did not offend anyone, and was surprised at the backlash to the point that it was never released on home video when at the time it was generaly acceptible if he did. The actor who played Uncle Remus, James Baskett, was not only the first ever live actor Disney ever hired, but was the first black male to win an oscar for his role as Remus. A Donald Duck cartoon call "Der Fuehrer's"(1943) is often called a pro-nazi cartoon but if you actualy watch it on youtube you will see its actualy anti-nazi propoganda made during WWII. King Louie from the Jungle Book(1967) is often mentioned in this argument but everything abou...
    WARNING: VERY LONG COMMENT AHEAD. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT THEN SKIP TO THE NEXT ONE.

    Maybe in this age of being politicaly correct there is some questionable material but by the standars of Disney's time, he could actualy be seen as progressive. Alot of people say the crows from Dumbo were racist, but in the time that the movie was made(1941) to have a "black" character not only play a major part in the film, but a major positive role was virualy unheard of. The same thing with Uncle Remus in Song of the South(1946). He is the central figure in the movie: kind, caring, understanding. Disney went to great lenghts to make sure Song of the South did not offend anyone, and was surprised at the backlash to the point that it was never released on home video when at the time it was generaly acceptible if he did. The actor who played Uncle Remus, James Baskett, was not only the first ever live actor Disney ever hired, but was the first black male to win an oscar for his role as Remus. A Donald Duck cartoon call "Der Fuehrer's"(1943) is often called a pro-nazi cartoon but if you actualy watch it on youtube you will see its actualy anti-nazi propoganda made during WWII. King Louie from the Jungle Book(1967) is often mentioned in this argument but everything about him such as: Music style, Over the top showmanship etc. was based on and was voiced by Louie Prima an italian-american and the story takes place in India. The Indians from Peter Pan(1953) I think are more exaggeration than racist. Some tribes actualy wore body paint and danced around camp fires like in the movie and terms such as redman and squaw were not considered offensive at the time. There are stereotypes in some of the 30's Mickey cartoons but in that time that was the norm and compared to other stuff of the time they were not realy that bad. but dfinately questionable. Last there is Fantasia in the Pastrol Symphony segment we see Sunflower a Stereotypical black servent centaur, but even still later in the scene we see two other black centaurs who are just as pretty as the rest. Disney was FAR more enlightened than most in his time. However when you take todays views and apply them to movies and cartoons from 50,60, 70+ years ago of course you will find questionable material. just like our grandchildren might find things they disapprove of in todays culture in the movies that we make today.
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  • grandmaverick 2011/05/21 21:51:06
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    grandmaverick
    From everything I've read and heard yes, but I don't think it was blatant either; he still had a business run and an image to uphold.
  • ColtenPepin 2011/01/21 01:01:58
    Undecided
    ColtenPepin
    +1
    Have you noticed that all the main characters in all the Disney movies are one color, white?!?!?
  • Cory 2010/03/29 11:02:26
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    Cory
    +6
    WARNING: VERY LONG COMMENT AHEAD. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT THEN SKIP TO THE NEXT ONE.

    Maybe in this age of being politicaly correct there is some questionable material but by the standars of Disney's time, he could actualy be seen as progressive. Alot of people say the crows from Dumbo were racist, but in the time that the movie was made(1941) to have a "black" character not only play a major part in the film, but a major positive role was virualy unheard of. The same thing with Uncle Remus in Song of the South(1946). He is the central figure in the movie: kind, caring, understanding. Disney went to great lenghts to make sure Song of the South did not offend anyone, and was surprised at the backlash to the point that it was never released on home video when at the time it was generaly acceptible if he did. The actor who played Uncle Remus, James Baskett, was not only the first ever live actor Disney ever hired, but was the first black male to win an oscar for his role as Remus. A Donald Duck cartoon call "Der Fuehrer's"(1943) is often called a pro-nazi cartoon but if you actualy watch it on youtube you will see its actualy anti-nazi propoganda made during WWII. King Louie from the Jungle Book(1967) is often mentioned in this argument but everything abou...
    WARNING: VERY LONG COMMENT AHEAD. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ IT THEN SKIP TO THE NEXT ONE.

    Maybe in this age of being politicaly correct there is some questionable material but by the standars of Disney's time, he could actualy be seen as progressive. Alot of people say the crows from Dumbo were racist, but in the time that the movie was made(1941) to have a "black" character not only play a major part in the film, but a major positive role was virualy unheard of. The same thing with Uncle Remus in Song of the South(1946). He is the central figure in the movie: kind, caring, understanding. Disney went to great lenghts to make sure Song of the South did not offend anyone, and was surprised at the backlash to the point that it was never released on home video when at the time it was generaly acceptible if he did. The actor who played Uncle Remus, James Baskett, was not only the first ever live actor Disney ever hired, but was the first black male to win an oscar for his role as Remus. A Donald Duck cartoon call "Der Fuehrer's"(1943) is often called a pro-nazi cartoon but if you actualy watch it on youtube you will see its actualy anti-nazi propoganda made during WWII. King Louie from the Jungle Book(1967) is often mentioned in this argument but everything about him such as: Music style, Over the top showmanship etc. was based on and was voiced by Louie Prima an italian-american and the story takes place in India. The Indians from Peter Pan(1953) I think are more exaggeration than racist. Some tribes actualy wore body paint and danced around camp fires like in the movie and terms such as redman and squaw were not considered offensive at the time. There are stereotypes in some of the 30's Mickey cartoons but in that time that was the norm and compared to other stuff of the time they were not realy that bad. but dfinately questionable. Last there is Fantasia in the Pastrol Symphony segment we see Sunflower a Stereotypical black servent centaur, but even still later in the scene we see two other black centaurs who are just as pretty as the rest. Disney was FAR more enlightened than most in his time. However when you take todays views and apply them to movies and cartoons from 50,60, 70+ years ago of course you will find questionable material. just like our grandchildren might find things they disapprove of in todays culture in the movies that we make today.
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  • Tristan Maverick 2009/12/08 18:44:36
    Undecided
    Tristan Maverick
    +1
    I must say, reading some of these ridiculous comments makes me glad that I went to college. You can't just go around making clams that yours, or other's, opinions are fact. Citing is necessary in a discussion like this, and you can't just find one thing and think it's true, there needs to be multiple findings, and also findings of the other side that you need to assess the validity of. Making rash claims isn't evidence. Just stating an opinion, or what you think, isn't enough to make it true.
  • TheTeller 2009/09/16 20:27:48
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    TheTeller
    +3
    Walt Disney was a racist, antisemitist, anticommunist and very conservativ. To say that this is nothing bad, because racism and antisemitism were widely spread in this time is a big mistake. With the same argument, ex-nazis in europe try to get rid of accusions. To argue that he made good films, and so should not be critizised is problematic too of course.
    People get rid of that "good guy bad guy" thinking. noone is only good or only bad. Maybe Disney produced a grat progress in film industry, and so many nice films are brought under his name. But his personallity, his view on humans and political views were digusting.
  • tartakis 2009/08/26 21:01:50
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    tartakis
    +1
    yeah he was, i suppose!!
    but why??? i don't know!!!
  • WDIKing 2009/08/10 17:52:39
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    WDIKing
    Marc Davis, Ward Kimball, Ub Iwerks, The original actress for tinkerbell (who's name escapes me), were all JEWISH AND GOOD FRIENDS OF HIS!!!

    Before Walt got his MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD they investigated if he was racist and found it a big resounding NO!!

    The people at Disney that called him racist were the ones that said that he made racist cartoons, then after his death claimed that he never really helped with any of the cartoons.....So he made racist cartoons without ever making a cartoon.

    All but one of the people that called Walt racist were people that supported the Communist party and were brought before the House of Unamerican Activities Committees.

    Walt Disney was not a racist person in any way. If you still feel that you need to say he is racist... research it before hand. Don't believe the internet, make sure that their allegations are real and not completely unfounded. For the most part they are total opinion and no fact. If you don't want to research then quit slandering a wonderful man and let the man rest in peace.

    Thank you
  • Demonslayerx8 2009/06/15 04:18:38
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    Demonslayerx8
    +2
    if i remember... he never liked jews.. so ya... he was racist towards jews!! but he sure did make good movies
  • ~Black Rose~ 2009/06/15 03:36:06
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    ~Black Rose~
    +2
    Yeh, he didn't like jews, its a fact!
  • WDIKing ~Black ... 2009/08/10 17:55:48
    WDIKing
    +2
    your opinion is not fact.
  • ~Black ... WDIKing 2009/08/11 00:34:10
    ~Black Rose~
    +1
    Its not my opinion. Its something that I was reading about him
  • ashley ~Black ... 2012/03/16 10:21:54
    ashley
    +3
    Just because you read that he was a racist in one place does not make it true. You have to look at the source of the material too. Is it reliable? Probably not. There are NUMEROUS interviews with both Jewish and black people who personally worked for Walt, and they all agree thag he was very kind to them and was in no way a racist. You should do a lot more research before making such a bold assumption.
  • ~Black ... ashley 2013/01/11 03:50:24
  • G 2009/06/11 10:48:51
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    G
    +1
    Undeniably.

    But he was also a visionary.
  • Jehnyhal~ Hope Not Hate~the... 2009/06/06 20:17:06
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    Jehnyhal~ Hope Not Hate~the Renaissance Women of PHAET
    +2
    He was. I believe the Jews offended him somehow. But, as someone has said it was the status quo when he lived and I still think his films were masterpieces.
  • XxCupcakesRAWRxX 2009/05/30 13:23:11
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    XxCupcakesRAWRxX
    +1
    I don't think he was.. But then again, I didn't know him personally...
  • ~LyDia<3J03Y~ 2009/05/29 13:02:33
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    ~LyDia<3J03Y~
    +1
    Why would you say that??? *confused*
  • MadhatterXxxButterfly<3 2009/05/28 03:31:20
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    MadhatterXxxButterfly<3
    +1
    Yes he was he was horrible man that did great work go figure
  • Sadie100~In God we trust~ 2009/05/27 07:14:15
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    Sadie100~In God we trust~
    +1
    Just because his characters were white, it doesn't make him a racist!! Back then it was just the way it was!!!
  • ninibear 2009/05/27 04:08:42
    Undecided
    ninibear
    +1
    how am i supossed to now i think he was already dead by the time i was born and who cares i LOVE walt disney!!!!!!
  • FencerCat 2009/05/27 01:53:02
    Undecided
    FencerCat
    +4
    I think in his day that was the norm. It wasn't an issue if one was racist. Society has changed a great deal since he was alive, and I don't think it's fair to judge someone by today's standards when they didn't live in today's society. There was a time when people didn't think it was wrong to own slaves. Today we find that idea repulsive. But people then, even though we see them as wrong (and don't think I'm condoning slavery; I am not) it was accepted in the society in which they lived.

    People were frequently prejudiced against different ethnic groups. Every group that ever came here had to deal with prejudice. The first groups that came here were dealing with religious prejudice in their home country. They in turn were prejudiced against Native Americans, and I can't think of a subsequent group who came to America that didn't experience some level of prejudice.

    I think future generations will find plenty to condemn ours for. We all deal with the world according to norms and customs we are raised with. True, we can learn and grow and become more tolerant. But we work with what we know. So I don't think we should put our values on previous generations.
  • Preussisches-rotes-mondsteigen 2009/05/27 00:38:46
  • Tracer Bullet 2009/05/27 00:30:25
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    Tracer Bullet
    +3
    A lot has been written about how Walt was allegedly antisemitic, but I have never heard of him being called racist before. He employed a variety of people when he was alive including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, and Latino. And not just for the menial jobs, either, but in some cases as full fledged animators.

    Some folks would point to some of the animated characters in some of the earlier films, such as the crows in "Dumbo", but that sort of stereotyping was rampant in Hollywood at the time. It was acceptable at the time.

    I think looking back on many of the great men of Walt's era you will find what appears to be racism but is in fact much more like ignorance. Walt may have made racist jokes, or used some of the nastier derogatory labels for different groups of people, but I don't believe he was a hard core racist.
  • Tia 2009/05/27 00:26:27
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    Tia
    +2
    Probably
  • evceleb 2009/05/27 00:24:00
    Undecided
    evceleb
    +3
    y would u think that? cuz all his human characters are all pretty much white?
  • J03Y W@... evceleb 2009/05/27 00:25:04
    J03Y W@$ H3R3~In Kira I trust~►One Hit Rage Quit◄
    +2
    cause there are many rumors about it, and the time period he lived accepted racism
  • Tracer ... J03Y W@... 2009/05/27 00:35:00
    Tracer Bullet
    +2
    Certainly some people accepted racism, but I honestly feel most people were just simply ignorant of people different from themselves. Only very recently, like since WWII when many different races migrated to find work in the defense industries, and the early sixties when we finally did away with "Separate but Equal", (at least for blacks, now we try to sell separate but equal marriages to the gay population by calling it a "civil union",) have we seen a more homogeneous populations in varying parts of our country. Before then, most white folks had never even SEEN a black person before.
  • BritBrit101 2009/05/27 00:23:16
    Undecided
    BritBrit101
    +1
    i really don't know
    or evr thought abt it for that mattr
  • CitizenErased 2009/05/27 00:19:33
    Undecided
    CitizenErased
    +2
    Probably...a lot of people were back then.
    That doesn't make his films any less great.
  • Nightwingrules 2009/05/27 00:17:24
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    Nightwingrules
    he is the fucking devil
  • iareaperson 2009/05/26 07:15:25
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    iareaperson
    +4
    Can't really see how it could be true, now days every one thinks if someone mentions a difference in races they are automatically racist. If for example I were to point out some one in a crowed and I said they were black to distinguish them why should that make me racist? I wasn't saying its a bad thing or trying to imply something. If I'm trying to describe a person the fact that someone is asian jewish or white says nothing about their worth as a human being.
  • Tracer ... iareape... 2009/05/27 00:46:35
    Tracer Bullet
    +2
    People have been saying for a while now that Walt was antisemitic, and I think that got a lot of people thinking about how Walt Disney Studios portrayed minorities in the early days right up through the 1950's.

    Walt was once pissed off at the Jews because they controlled the movie making industry, and they tried to force what Walt felt was unreasonable restrictions on how Walt could distribute his own work. But other than that, almost everyone of the animators that worked with Walt personally have publicly stated Walt was NOT antisemitic.

    There was a book that came out a number of years ago entitled, "The Dark Prince of Hollywood" by Mark Eliot. Eliot spent a lot of time and effort trying to smear the memory of Walt Disney, but for the most part all he achieved was to motivate the people who knew and worked with Walt to step forward and "set the record straight".

    Walt's one of the few famous people to have all the dark, dirty little secrets dug up and put on public display. The reason for that is because he was a stand-up guy. He was also such a straight shooter that TODAY'S media would devour him like a pack of wolves if he were alive and was having an affair or something.
  • popo 2009/05/26 06:24:19
    no he wasnt...(comment and rave)
    popo
    +1
    how am I suppose to know that do u have brain.
  • Josh 2009/05/26 05:20:03
    Undecided
    Josh
    +2
    I'm not willing to call anyone a racist, but... he did make a pro- nazi cartoon.
  • WDIKing Josh 2009/08/10 17:59:30
    WDIKing
    +2
    Which cartoon was that????
  • Josh WDIKing 2009/08/11 00:21:10
    Josh
    I'll try to find it. I am from Orlando and one of my high school history teachers showed it to us.
  • Jewels 2009/05/26 04:46:22
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    Jewels
    +4
    but wasnt that the norm back then....?
  • Denise 2009/05/26 04:34:07
    yes he was...(comment and rave)
    Denise
    +3
    But during his time, that didn't make you bad, that made you normal. Yes, that's shitty, but that"s the way it was.

    He was also a supporter of Hitler. I think he gave some funds or something. Henry Ford did, too.

    I'm not discrediting him as a human, but the dude was far from perfect.
  • Maine Guy 2009/05/26 04:17:29
    Undecided
    Maine Guy
    +1
    I don't know, was he?
  • God-Cilla (Saviour to the M... 2009/05/26 03:23:57
    Undecided
    God-Cilla (Saviour to the Masses)
    +1
    That's what they say...

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