Why is a new opera portraying Walt Disney as a racist and misogynist?

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On radio this morning, Glenn talked about a story that appeared in The Guardian over the weekend, which dissects Philip Glass’ soon to debut opera, “The Perfect American” (based on the book of the same name). The article, “Philip Glass opera shows Walt Disney’s fantasy in a new light,” explains that the opera will be adapted by the English National Opera and portray a darker side of Walt Disney (or, as the story refers to him, “the cartoon king”).

The book and, in turn, the opera paint Disney as a McCarthyite, misogynist, pedophile, and anti-Semite to name a few. And while it is clear in much of what is written about Disney that he is no saint, the accusations leveled against him in this work are simply unfounded.

Instead of debating the ridiculousness of these claims, Glenn referenced the widely respected Disney biography by Neal Gabler, “Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.” “I’ve read bad books on Walt Disney and good books on Walt Disney, and the fairest book – and everybody says this, including the family – the fairest book on him is by Neal Gabler,” Glenn said. “And believe me, the family does not look good in the Neal Gabler book. [Disney] doesn’t look good.”

Disney is somewhat of an epic figure in today’s culture and, based on his achievements, deservedly so, but he was still a human being. Glenn appreciates Gabler’s biography because it addresses the realities of Disney’s life – the rocky relationship he had with his wife and the alcoholic tendencies that consumed the final days of his life. For someone who has created so much magic, Disney’s life was remarkably tragic. His parents died of asphyxiation in the house he and his brother bought for them, he had an unsteady relationship with his wife and children, and he died before his dreams ever fully materialized.

All of these things are very real and, to some degree, worth noting, but the claims of the “The Perfect American” are purely fiction. “These [claims] are fictional. There’s no evidence of this, none whatsoever,” Glenn said. “And the reason why they are doing it is because the guy was conservative. The guy did believe in America. The guy they despise, these leftists go in through Main Street and they despise it. And if you look through anything that they said, The New York Times and everybody else, they tore Disneyland apart.”

Just because Glenn respects the work of Disney and his Imagineers doesn’t mean he supports every decision Disney or his company has made. “I think Disney, the way it is being run right now, is an abomination. I really do,” Glenn said. “So I’m not somebody who is on the Disney bandwagon because I believe in everything they are doing. I think they are selling out their dream in many ways. They’ve taken everything and just made it into a plush toy and all they are doing is selling you crap. But they still do great stuff.”

It is in recognizing that people, corporations, and businesses are inherently flawed that we must ask ourselves: are we going to stand for the truth, or are we going to let them take down another icon?

“We have nobody left,” Glenn said. “And if they are going to take that guy and destroy him and make him into an ugly American that didn’t believe in anything and was a racist, and didn’t like women, and didn’t like blacks, you got nothing left. You got nothing left.”

  • http://youtu.be/XEjnyMyJYTI Sam Fisher

    Nothing new from the left make up stuff and hope it sticks just to demonize someone who disagree with them politically.

  • Anonymous

    But they revere the intern rapist, John F. Kennedy, the secretary-murdering Teddy Kennedy, and the irresponsible serial sexual assaulter – Bill Clinton.  Now their new icon is the Butcher of Benghazi – Hillary Clinton.

  • Anonymous

    The False Accuser and his minions must destroy our cultural icons and heroes in order to undermine Christian Western Culture and its roots. It’s been going on since the beginning of time, it’s just obvious when someone like Disney, a late candidate for their growing PC hall of shame, is being openly assailed by them. When Judeo-Christians stop squandering their birthright and blessings, and stop embracing the enemies of God and start understanding them for who they really are, this can all come to an end. Short of that or the Second Coming, it’s only going to get worse.

  • Anonymous

    They’re attacking anyone who has done good in the world,  and has inspired others.  All virtue must be denounced.  No one should be called better than the most vile.  My Goddaughter used to admire Ghandi until, some college student showed her a documentary that was being handed out by one of his professors.  It portrayed him as a pedophile.  There is a documentary on netflix that claims Benjamin Franklin had a pirate fleet.   We’ve all seen attacks on virtuous figures.  These people don’t like the idea that there are any examples of victory over evil to inspire others.  Evil is being portrayed as unbeatable and goodness as non-existent.  This is not a conspiracy it’s the basic desire of evil people to discredit anyone,  who can condemn their actions, or prove that any code of decency can be adhered to.  We need to look for opportunities,  to portray these qualities as commonplace.  And the heroes as individuals serious enough to maintain many of these qualities, with perseverance. Perfection is impossible, persistence is necessary to accomplish anything, and perseverance accomplishes amazing things.  We need to instill children with admiration for these heroes, so they will have a better defense against these lies.  They don’t teach it in schools anymore.

  • Anonymous

     Disneyland also just had a Christian pop star “Toby Mac” perform for their Christmas parade.

  • Anonymous

    Given the methodical, incremental destruction of our education curricula, church doctrines, personal liberties and culture in accordance with the specific agendas of progressives who are very identifiable and bereft of morality, it’s unreasonable to overlook the evil that is much more strategic and purposeful than a general desire to dumb everyone down to the lowest common denominator. It’s much more sinister than that and we can’t overlook this if we’re going to re-establish a wholesome and nurturing culture for our children. To overlook this is naive and to struggle partially disarmed. 

  • mesell

    I do not understan why this remark was  made – He did not make a fool of himself. I watched the program. Morgan did not have an ass when Alex finished with him. It was in a hanging sling.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with your assessment of what happened on the Piers Morgan vs Alex Jones gun debate.  All Alex Jones did is what Morgan usually does to someone he disagrees with.  Jones had facts about guns and all Morgan could do is cite the deaths in England (where guns are outlawed) and the US where guns are legal.  Of course Morgan failed to recognize the US has approximately 6 times more population and 600 % more guns than the UK.  It was like comparing apples and oranges.  Only the liberals looked at what happened and said Jones was wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Disney,
    Release “Song Of The South”.
    Thank you

  • Anonymous

     The pedophile accusation of Ghandi is questionable, he certainly never had sex with them.  The accusation is mainly focused on that he slept with them in order to test his self control or something like that.
    He was incredibly racist against Africans, but no one’s perfect.

    and a lot of the Walt Disney accusations of racism etc are true, the problem is when people use that the define a person when it wasn’t his main personality trait.  To ignore it would be a grievance, but so would to focus solely or overly emphasize those aspects of his person.

  • Anonymous

     it is hardly the left making up stuff.  It made several bad decisions in the 1930s and 40s that earned him a reputation as an anti-semite at the time and the reputation stuck.  it’s tough to shake that even when there’s evidence to the contrary.

  • http://youtu.be/XEjnyMyJYTI Sam Fisher

    People say stupid things all the time. I done it a few times I bet you did it to and if he was an alcoholic then you aspect dumb things to come out of his mouth that he did not really mean. There is a perfect example that people sometimes say dumb things when they are under distress with Martin Luther he didn’t start out hating Jews but he slowly lost himself because the many illnesses that where effecting him at the end of his life that made him a resentful and hateful to anyone he disagreed with. So I don’t hold it against him but there are other things in this play that are downright lies like the actuation of having sex with his daughters for one can that even be proven. He may be no saint but who can say that about themselves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GX6IS3CUXZKIEMD6LWHZ5ZBWWU John

    Wouldn’t you know that it would come to this. Oh, I’ve heard the rumor about Walt Disney being “frozen in suspended animation” (no pun intended) and the like, but this takes the cake. If all the obscene sniping in ths “book-soon-to-become-opera” be true, then I suspect that even the Wicked Witches of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and other early Disney features would blanche, and flee, in terror.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FZEL4DXX2DEH6X737W6N6RWO6I tmaster

    Its called cultural Marxism all of culture must be changed to match the Marxist goals.
    Unless they can show a arrest record I am not intrested.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, Have you not seen “song of the south” that Walt disney produced? I suggest you watch that and re-think that statement.

  • Anonymous

    Alex Jones is the best there is, God Bless you Alex Jones. Caution Infowars is for real men.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Disney was a fascist, it’s no wonder Beck looks up to him….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000376883163 Kathryn Burke McWilliams

    I think this is a strategic movement to lambaste people who have accomplished much in their lives IF, and only if, they don’t agree with progressive politics.  It’s a way of saying, “See?  No one is better than anyone else….we are all EQUAL…all the same.”  It’s as if by pointing out a person’s flaws they can erase the accomplishments to prove the whole EQUAL theory:  “No one is better than anyone else; no one deserves to have more than anyone else; why do you NEED to drive such a nice car/live in such a nice house?  You’re not BETTER than me! etc, etc, etc. ”  It is a scary and dangerous path! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EINDEEUZKYDS623UNDAO3A5E5I David

    You’ve hit the nail on the head, Paul_Xavier.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.allen.585 Dan Allen

       Walt disney was very anti jew, just like Mel Gibson. However both of them are very much Pro Israeli, since they are descendants from Israel (the broher of Isacc, and son of Abraham). Gods choosen people are the blood line from Abraham and Israel, which were from the caucas Mountains. This is why caucasians refere to Russia as mother Russia. The caucaus mtns. are in the southern part of russia. The land lines have receded and expanded over the years, but the origines are still the same. Walt disney knew this, and despised the ethnic groups for taking over the regiion and the title of Jews. Walt disney was a racial genious, and understood the devils play (to make us all ethnic groups, and do away with the 3 races that God created). God loves diversity and Satan loves uniformity. Walt was a great man before his time.