Hollywood actress Meryl Streep launched a nine-minute tirade against Walt Disney at the glamorous National Board of Review dinner in New York City on Tuesday.
Streep was at the event to honor Emma Thompson for her portrayal of Mary Poppins’ creator, PL Travers in the Disney film, Saving Mr Banks.
She said of her good chum: ‘Not only is she not irascible, she’s practically a saint. There’s something so consoling about that old trope, but Emma makes you want to kill yourself, because she’s a beautiful artist, she’s a writer, she’s a thinker, she’s a living, acting conscience.’
The veteran film actress had even written a poem for Thompson entitled, An Ode to Emma, Or What Emma is Owed, according to Variety.
But in between all the good words, she managed to direct a few scathing ones at Walt Disney, who she called a ‘hideous anti-Semite’ who ‘formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobby. And he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot’.
AN ODE TO EMMA, OR WHAT EMMA IS OWED, BY MERYL STREEP
We think the Brits are brittle
They think that we are mush
They are more sentimental, though we do tend to gush
Volcanoes of emotion, concealed beneath that lip
Where we are prone to guzzle, they tip the cup and sip
But when eruption rumbles from nowhere, near the brain, it’s seismic
The heart more flows like rain
All that feeling melts down
Like Oscar gold
And Emma leaves us reeling
A knockout, truth be told
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