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Proof of his anti-Semitism


Has anyone ever actually produced empirical evidence he was an anti-Semite? It seems like one of those things people parrot without actually having proof to back it up.

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I never heard that accusation against him before. I agree with you, it requires proof to malign someone like that.

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Vulture.com did an article a while back that addressed this matter, based on Neal Gabler's biography of Walt Disney: https://www.vulture.com/2013/12/walt-disney-anti-semitism-racism-sexism-frozen-head.html
From the article:

Gabler posits that the charges stemmed less from personal behavior and more from Disney’s association with the very anti-Semitic Motion Picture Alliance, which the CEO founded after a particularly bitter labor dispute in 1941. Even if he wasn’t personally anti-Semitic, Gabler allows that Disney “willingly, even enthusiastically, embraced [anti-Semites] and cast his fate with them.”

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So, then, he was not an anti-Semite.

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I don't care if he was or was not anti-Semitic. I'm most definitely not, myself, but I understand that many people in the past were. It doesn't necessarily mean they were horrible people. Walt was as enthusiastic about defeating the Nazis as anybody, and I'm certain he was shocked when the information about the death camps was revealed. Very few people born in the late 19th or early 20th centuries would pass a 21st century political correctness analysis, including most of our ancestors. To judge them on that basis is a fool's errand.

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He fought the Nazis the best way he could, with cartoons, most notably with Der Fuehrer's Face.

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Good point.

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Nope, not only zero evidence to back up that rumor, it was thoroughly and completely debunked. I think it took on a new life when Family Guy made a joke about it.



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Yes, constantly seeing those episodes (I think they've done it twice) prompted me to research it myself.

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Good for you. The problem with making a joke about racism is that too often people assume where there's smoke, there's fire.

By all accounts, Walt Disney was a gentleman with no hate of anyone. Even the few ex employees that didn't like him said the anti-Semitic charges were bullshit.

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There is a judgement missile headed our way from the future.

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This is no proof. This is just more bullshit from the woke warriors that love to tell the world that X was anti-semite when X is dead because he can't defend himself... or if it is someone that they liked they will claim the person was really gay. Agenda driven bullshit. If a person comes out and says he's gay then I'll accept that he is... if a person comes out and says he hates Jews I'll accept that as fact as well... but I won't buy into the bullshit throw about by woke warriors looking to take someone down they don't like or twist someone's sexuality simply because it make them feel better about their own homosexuality. I've known way to many of these idiot in college and their actions get tired. I remember a class that discussed the Palestinians and Israelis and their situation in the Middle East, and if anyone ever defended the Palestinians or disagreed with something the Israelis did (like bulldozing the house of the family of any Palestinian that did something to an Israelis, the morons in the class would instantly brand the person a anti-semite. For many of these idiots if you are kissing the Jews ass and patting them on the back for everything they do you're an anti-semite. It is almost as if they want the world to hate them.

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