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Things We Saw Today: The Internet’s Definitive Picture of Hugh Jackman with a Mullet

For now, at least. This was taken on day one of Hugh Jackman filming Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. We could have an entire movie of mulleted Wolverine coming up. I’m frightened. (io9)

  • The Walt Disney Museum, a non-profit museum founded by Walt Disney’s daughter and grandson, fired off quite the condescending Tweet at Meryl Streep following her epic (and accurate) verbal smackdown of their patriarch for his sexist and racist tendencies. (The Frisky)
  • The BAFTA nominations were released yesterday and, as Women and Hollywood reports, several films by female directors picked up noms: Blackfish, Frozen, Wadjda, and The Selfish Giant.

George Takei posted the only word about the polar vortex that matters on his Facebook. (Nerd Approved)

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  • Laura Truxillo

    “Meryl Streep following her epic (and accurate) verbal smackdown of their patriarch for his sexist and racist tendencies.”

    I still feel like it wasn’t “accurate.”

    The Anti-Semitic things gets…I don’t even want to say blown out of proportion. It gets flat-out spun. They say mention Leni Riefenstahl (who was a woman, in the 30′s, that Disney was thinking of hiring, or at least working with, on a creative basis). She was a Nazi. But again, again, again, most people in America had no idea exactly WHAT that meant until we actually started seeing pictures of what the Nazis were doing. At the time most Americans who even knew about it saw it as just a German political party that was trying to get a nation back together after the war. He knew of Riefenstahl as a filmmaker, not politically.

    He moved away from the MPAPAI in the 50′s (which seems to me like a risky move for the sake of principles, given the politcal atmosphere). He donated to Jewish charities, like orphanages, colleges, and rest homes.

    The letter was sent the same year Disney began to change it’s policies on women as animators. Disney opened up a night school for the colorists and inkers who wanted to learn to animate. In 1941, he told his male staff of animators that they could expect to see women joining their ranks soon:

    “If a woman can do the work as well, she is worth as much as a man. The girl artists have the right to expect the same chances for advancement as men, and I honestly believe they may eventually contribute something to this business that men never would or could.”

    Did Disney still have problems? Sure, but the ones Streep cited were a snapshot of a moment in time, rather than a depiction of the man as a person (followed by a bit of speculation of her own).

    I can’t blame the museum for wanting to respond. It is information you can find with a quick google.

  • Xomyx

    It was after Kristallnacht, which was widely publicized and bad enough. Charlie Chaplin began working on The Great Dictator the same year. That also doesn’t excuse the many racist depictions in Disney films, which to be fair continues in their animation well after Disney’s death, its a company problem as well as a personal one for Disney.