A few weeks ago there was another Disney hit peice making the rounds, Actor Meryl Streep, at an awards gala, decided it was time to tell the world how evil and backwards a man who’s been gone for 50 years was; Walt Disney. She (according to CBS News) referred to ‘him as a “gender bigot” and a person who “supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group.” ‘
Is any of that true? Was Walt Disney a Racist? Well, he must have been, you’ve heard about the racist movie he made in the 1940s “The Song of the South”, right?
I’ve seen two bootleg copies of the film and it, like a lot of Disney features, shows us a different time in America. But, is it racist? Well, when you go looking for things, you can always find them.
A few month ago I found on the Amazon store a book by a guy, Jim Korkis, called “Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South, and Other Forbidden Disney Stories” – I started reading it for two reasons. A:) I’m fascinated by the Stephen Foster world of reconstruction south B:) I just don’t want it to be true about Walt!
The problem here is Disney has made it very difficult for you to watch the film. What’s the truth about it, Was is it so hated, Who’s afraid of the Song of the South?
In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be an interesting conversation to have, so tonight – as an exclusive – I spoke with Korkis. Listen to the interview, check out the book, and above all.. find out for yourself before you repeat ‘what you’ve heard’.
Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South – Author & Disney Historian Jim Korkis (podcast exclusive)
Exclusive Audio: http://www.delaware1059.com/features/022514-korkis.mp3