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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:16 PM
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Wow, Walt Disney was a bastard....
Did anyone else know this? I was reading Fast Food Nation and it went into Walt a bit. He was a union buster, and even was an FBI informant snitching on "commies" during the 50s.

WHo knew? :shrug:
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:19 PM
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1. Are you serious? I thought EVERYONE knew! He really was a prick...
...and he stole Mickey Mouse from his partner.

No talent, but a good business sense, which, I guess, means screwing those around you.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:20 PM
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2. Never had heard a thing about him ever before
Really kinda wrecks Disney for me - my childhood was spent watching the product of a bastard!
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:25 PM
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9. I used to work in animation, so I read a lot about him....
...there's a really trashy book about him--check your local library. Its title is something like Prince of Darkness.

I always thought his devotion to a YOUNG Annette Funicello was very unseemly.
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:32 PM
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14. You watched the creations of talented men and women...
Who happened to work for the biggest asshole since Henry Ford. Their work is no less special for his involvement.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:22 PM
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3. Dija ever hear the stories
of Walt the major league racist. I can not remember all the details. I think Walt was from southern Illinois. Not that that is an excuse.
Some of his early work was very racist. I think it turned up in an auction in England a couple years back. Was authenticated.
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Rick Myers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:23 PM
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4. And a dope head...
Got hooked on morphine while driving ambulances in WW1! Many say that is the reason we got "Fantasia!!!"
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:23 PM
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5. A different time A different era
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:24 PM
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6. I don't think that's a good excuse. There were decent people then.
Walt chose not to be.
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freetobegay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:25 PM
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11. I didn't say it was asn excuse
My father used to be in the KKK! He saw the errors of his ways. Am I never to forgive him?
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 10:40 PM
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17. yeah, and they got deported
like charlie chaplin for, in the actual words of j edgar hoover, being "prematurely anti-fascist" and speakingout aginst hitler in the 30 when guys like ford and hearst were still making big bucks building up his war machine

the great dictator by chaplin was the film that planted the seed of two following decaeds of harrassment by hoover's corrupt fbi
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:24 PM
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7. Disney Corp is a true fascist organization
Hell, they want schools to pony up big-time so the kindergarteners can do a play of one of their cartoon movies (The Lion King?).

Disney also pays bounty for such wrongdoers too. :eyes:
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:24 PM
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8. Didn't he get a dishonorable discharge from the Marine Corps ?
Was it from LSD or is that a rumor ?
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skippythwndrdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:28 PM
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13. It's one of those urban legend things.
It's been debunked numerous times. Check out almost any urban legend website.
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:25 PM
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10. Disney was a grade A, first rate asshole
Plus he killed Bambi's mom, the son of a bitch. If they ever thaw him out I'm going to kick his ass!
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kokomo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:50 PM
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15. Bambi was my first movie at age 4 and I cried for days.
My earliest memory of going to a theater was seeing Bambi in 1943. The movie left me terrified, wondering if I could lose my mother too. I would never allow a small child of mine to see it.
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:58 PM
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16. You know, it's easy to make kids cry
So as a result, certain storytellers like to really get sadistic with children's material. Yeah, I remember crying at Bambi too when I was three or four. I remember seeing Jaws when I was like four or five, a movie that had legs being bitten off and blood all over the water. It didn't scar nearly as much as Bambi did. Ironic huh?
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 09:26 PM
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12. I read that when he would take out friends to eat....
...he would "stiff" the waitress after promising her a good tip.
He seemed to get off on it...
Sick Prick....
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sundog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 10:46 PM
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18. Disney conveniently swept the racist "Song of the South" under the carpet
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drumwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-14-04 10:54 PM
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19. and how about "What Makes A Red Man Red" from "Peter Pan"
although, to be fair, I'm not sure how racist it was by the standards of the time (the film was made in 1953).
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