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PBS and ‘American Experience’ to air Walt Disney biography in 2015
Examiner.com ^ | July 23 2014 | Debra Peterson

Posted on 07/27/2014 3:05:10 PM PDT by WilliamIII

At the Television Critics Association conference on July 22, PBS and “American Experience" announced it will produce and broadcast a new biography focused on Walt Disney. “Walt Disney” will be a four-hour, two-night film focused on the life of the American icon. The biography will premiere in fall 2015.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: disney

1 posted on 07/27/2014 3:05:10 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

PBS will not be kind to this dead American icon of European descent.


2 posted on 07/27/2014 3:13:15 PM PDT by allendale
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To: allendale

Yep, I will suspect half the show will be about how racist and homophic Walt was.


3 posted on 07/27/2014 3:17:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: WilliamIII

PBS and American experience? Sounds like a hit piece. Don’t be surprised if it shows Disneys supposed antisemitism or other leftist tripe.

I’ve stayed away from all pbs shows for 10-15 years. I won’t give credence to the enemy.


4 posted on 07/27/2014 3:18:02 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: WilliamIII

Uh Oh


5 posted on 07/27/2014 3:20:07 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: Vaquero

He was a man of his time, who created or fostered great works of popular culture with a lasting impact on the whole world. Billions of people have a common frame of cultural reference thanks to his ability to use archetypes from European folk tales and turn them into universal stories.

And he was anti-Semitic and homophobic.


6 posted on 07/27/2014 3:23:19 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: babble-on

You say Disney was homophobic

What do you mean by that buzz word? What’s it mean?


7 posted on 07/27/2014 3:26:06 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: WilliamIII

Well, that’s sort of my point. In Disney’s time it didn’t mean anything at all. It wasn’t even a word yet, and the state it describes was so universally accepted and adopted that it wasn’t necessary.

The term basically means an exaggerated dislike for homosexuals and homosexual-linked non-sexual behaviors out of a fear on the part of the homophobe that he may possess homosexual traits himself and therefore must accentuate his dislike for homosexuals in order to deflect attention from his anxiety that he may be one.


8 posted on 07/27/2014 3:32:42 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: babble-on

He was neither. put down the koolaid pitcher and back away from the glass.

CC


9 posted on 07/27/2014 3:33:17 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: babble-on

Homophobic.....

Technically it means that he is afraid of homos. Walt probably did not like homos. I doubt if he was afraid of them.


10 posted on 07/27/2014 3:34:11 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Vermont Lt

If memory serves, he didn’t like commies, either.
I’ll bet they’ll just gloss over that, though.


11 posted on 07/27/2014 3:38:21 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: Vermont Lt
Homophobic.....

Technically it means that he is afraid of homos. Walt probably did not like homos. I doubt if he was afraid of them.

These days, "Homophobic" is a term applied to anyone who does not enthusiastically embrace and promote the gay agenda at every possible opportunity, and/or expresses support for traditional marriage.

12 posted on 07/27/2014 3:42:01 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: babble-on; All

is this meryl streep??? or a left winger who posts based on rhetoric rather than fact?

Walt Disney was nowhere near an anti-Semite- quite the opposite....one of his favorite employees from the 30’s happened to be a Jewish man Kay Kayman, his merchandiser....due a bit of serious research (may i suggest Neal Gabler’s biography on Disney) before spouting BS....http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2014/1/12/was-walt-disney-anti-semitic#.U9WAd2PG-So=

if Walt Disney was anything he was an original Tea Party member; someone who fought the unions bare knuckles outside his studio because he knew they had communist influences....someone who was a Barry Goldwater conservative, so much so that when he received the Medal of Freedom Award from LBJ, Disney wore a Barry Goldwater pin on his lapel...

but please- let me stop with facts and let you babble-on....


13 posted on 07/27/2014 3:43:06 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: God luvs America

I was just re reading that the Jewish head of Disneys New York sales department said his office had “more Jews than the book of Leviticus”.

LOL

CC


14 posted on 07/27/2014 3:52:35 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: babble-on

Homophobic? I don’t believe he was afraid of homos.
Why do you use the LEFT’S buzzwords?
Everytime you do, they win.


15 posted on 07/27/2014 3:54:08 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: WilliamIII

Lemme guess...he was a gay transgenderbender...


16 posted on 07/27/2014 3:56:07 PM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Richard and Robert Sherman, two of Walt’s favorite and most important employees, were Jewish...


17 posted on 07/27/2014 3:58:02 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: God luvs America

I think his anti-Semitism was of a type that was totally normal for his time and people in his economic class. But it existed. He was an active member of a number of openly anti-Semitic organizations, he included broadly drawn Jewish caricatures in his early shorts and he apparently had a flirtation with the Bund movement in the 1930s. None of these were exceptional for the time period. But in the light of subsequent history, what else can we call such affiliations?

And no, “I had Jews working for me” is not a free pass, any more than “some of my best friends are”


18 posted on 07/27/2014 3:59:28 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: WilliamIII

I was six when he died. My grandmother told me that he was called to Heaven to decorate the children’s area and entertain the kids.


19 posted on 07/27/2014 4:01:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: babble-on
REALLY????? Homophobic and anti-Semite??? Let me tell you, I HATE self-HATING JEWS who have NO RELIGION and NO LOVE for ISRAEL!!! Does THAT make me an anti-Semite???

I also have NO LOVE for ANAL SEX ADDICTS....does THAT make me a HOMOPHOBE?????

Walt Disney created FUN and Good, Clean amusement and the ANAL SEX ADDICTS have CORRUPTED it!!

20 posted on 07/27/2014 4:19:44 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: babble-on

OMG....because he DREW a Jewish person with a big Snoz??? get real...look around.....you are a VERY SMALL THINKER.....worrying about someone drawing a big nose when THAT IS mostly true.....geesh.....look around at you temple if you go......hint.....sometimes they are SHORT TOO!!! My Jewish family ALWAYS notes the size of the snozzes... OH THE HUMANITY!!! GROW UP!!


21 posted on 07/27/2014 4:23:39 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

Thank you. You are 100% correct.

See my #15


22 posted on 07/27/2014 4:24:09 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: babble-on; Celtic Conservative

you do realize your post are no better than the left wingers who accuse all Tea Party conservatives of racism, don’t you?

being an anti-semite means someone has a hatred of anything Jewish and wants nothing to do with them, the exact opposite of Walt Disney....


23 posted on 07/27/2014 4:24:45 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: dfwgator

“Yep, I will suspect half the show will be about how racist and homophic Walt was”

Wonder how they will portray his anti-communist efforts ...


24 posted on 07/27/2014 4:29:00 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: babble-on

embracing homos has really done a lot for this country. If you haven’t noticed, 100% of them, down to the last are godless communists. Whoop dee Doo


25 posted on 07/27/2014 4:35:00 PM PDT by equalator
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To: babble-on

God hates the homosexual lifestyle and describes it as an ABOMINATION.

Is God homophobic?

I stand with God and His perfect wisdom.

Are you wiser than God?


26 posted on 07/27/2014 4:35:29 PM PDT by newfreep (at)
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To: God luvs America

I have a deep respect for Walt Disney. He was “an ordinary man who accomplished extraordinary things”. I do not delude myself that he was perfect, however. But I will defend his memory against unfair and untrue slurs.

CC


27 posted on 07/27/2014 4:41:39 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Celtic Conservative

ditto that...

he was a true conservative and capitalist no only in words but in action...he came from nothing and continually risked all he had to raise the bar....

Disney movies, vacations, etc, aside, you have to applaud that...


28 posted on 07/27/2014 4:45:37 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: WilliamIII; All

Walt Disney’s life is an interesting story, I read the biography a few years back.

His father was a perennial failure, and took his frustrations out by beating the boys, Roy and Walt. Roy was older, and stood in for Walt so he didn’t have to take as much. (I got a new respect for Roy Disney after reading that part).

So Walt was allowed to have a “normal” life on the farm, where the animals became his best friends - something that became a big influence in his later movies.

There’s more of course, but I encourage all of you to get the whole story.


29 posted on 07/27/2014 4:47:56 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Celtic Conservative
If "Saving Mister Bands", is a true representation of Disney, he had a pretty rough childhood.

His dad owned a newspaper, and Walt delivered newspapers every day beginning at 4:30AM and then again after school until after 8PM. He took a belt beating from his dad almost every day.

He quit school by 16 and tried to join the army but was too young, Joined the Red Cross and served as an ambulance driver during WW1.

All I want to know about Walt Disney is that he gave me hours of joy watching his cartoons and movies both in the movies and sitting down with my family on a Sunday night watching The Wonderful World of Disney.

30 posted on 07/27/2014 4:54:29 PM PDT by mware
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To: babble-on
Are you "homophobic" if you dislike homosexual political tactics that punish you if you disagree with them or their methods?

At one time it was called debate and wasn't a crime.

31 posted on 07/27/2014 4:58:40 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Vaquero

Wait, I thought it was okay to be antisemitic now? hmm….we really need a manual.


32 posted on 07/27/2014 5:01:32 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: mware
A flashback for all you folks born in the 50's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv-OGa8H6Ys

33 posted on 07/27/2014 5:06:59 PM PDT by mware
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To: mware

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv-OGa8H6Ys


34 posted on 07/27/2014 5:07:19 PM PDT by mware
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To: mware

They took a few liberties in “Saving Mr. Banks”, but frankly not very many. His dad, Elias Disney was always coming up with “get rich quick” schemes, most of which didn’t work. As a consequence the sons had to pick up the slack quite often. That little speech Walt gave was largely true. Diane Disney Miller, Walt’s daughter got to look at and approve the script. Of course thats because the Disney family owns the rights to Walts image and likeness, not Disney. The Disney family gets royalties when the Disney company uses Walts image and likeness to this day. I believe the holding company is called “Retlaw”.

CC


35 posted on 07/27/2014 5:09:22 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Celtic Conservative

I’m sure the Disney family, or those still remaining, still own a large share of DIS stock, which has done quite well...


36 posted on 07/27/2014 5:15:21 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: WilliamIII

Complete with allegations, suitably disclaimed of course, of racism and Nazism.......


37 posted on 07/27/2014 5:34:58 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Oh, and don’t forget he was a chain smoker. That’ll set off the hoity-toity PBS folk.


38 posted on 07/27/2014 6:18:31 PM PDT by getarope (Jesus is coming soon, and boy is he PISSED!)
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To: God luvs America

I think it is unfair to judge people by standards that are not of their time period, and I imagine that this is what will happen in the PBS documentary. Anti-Semitism as it’s defined today was the norm in Christian society in this country 100 years ago. And if Disney was an anti-Semite which to modern eyes, he was, then so were many if not most of the greatest artists in history, including Shakespeare and Michelangelo. Martin Luther was a great man, and a virulent Jew hater. Half the writers in the 19th century American canon were, too.

In examining the views of historical figures, even relatively recent ones we have to look at what they accomplished as their lesson to us, and not spend too much time on the baggage they carried with them from their social setting. It’s simply not valid to expect an individual who achieved greatness in one domain to exceed - in every single other domain - the standards that were normal for his milieu. That’s why my first post on the thread was “Uh Oh” because I can well see what PBS will do with the topic, and I don’t think it’s right, even though it will be easy for them, I also believe, to produce a damning case within today’s frame of judgement


39 posted on 07/27/2014 6:51:42 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: God luvs America
continually risked all he had

I read a bio of Disney so long ago I have forgotten its title. But what I do recall was this point being raised again and again. He 'bet the company' more times than we can imagine today.
40 posted on 07/27/2014 6:53:21 PM PDT by Company Man (Don't call them liberals)
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To: Ann Archy

psychotherapy may help in extreme cases.


41 posted on 07/27/2014 6:53:40 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: babble-on

Disney rose to prominence in the 30’s/40’s; the height of anti-semitism. So by the standards of his time he was saintly to many Jews...

as far as the PBS documentary; PBS is left wing while Walt Disney was a staunch conservative...i’m sure they will take as many shots as possible at Walt...

btw- if Disney is an anti-semite because he drew caricatures of Jews, wouldn’t that make all the writers and actors of a series such as the Soprano’s as anti-Italian as it gets???


42 posted on 07/27/2014 7:14:50 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Celtic Conservative

I know what you’re trying to say re Walt was “an ordinary man who accomplished extraordinary things,” but let’s be real: he was a genius, not truly “ordinary.” And I don’t mean a genius as a cartoonist - which I don’t think anybody claims — but in his vision, imagination, and ability to organize and lead creative projects.


43 posted on 07/27/2014 7:30:23 PM PDT by WilliamIII
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To: babble-on

I know....you better hire one quickly!!


44 posted on 07/28/2014 2:22:45 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: dfwgator

“Yep, I will suspect half the show will be about how racist and homophic Walt was.”

And the second half will show that he was really bi-racial, gay and a pedophile.


45 posted on 07/28/2014 3:00:41 AM PDT by Justa
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