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Caption: The Big Bad Wolf dressing up as a Jewish peddler in The Three Little Pigs (1933)
The Big Bad Wolf dressing up as a Jewish peddler in The Three Little Pigs (1933) 

Disney's Jewish Problem

From: Eric Molinsky
Length: 07:53

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Comedy shows like Family Guy and Saturday Night Live often portray Walt Disney was a paranoid anti-Semite. But what evidence is there that Walt hated Jews, and why does it still matter?

Singedtentacle-threelittlepigs_small Walt Disney was not a controversial figure in his lifetime. But after he died in 1966, historians started revealing all sorts of disquieting things about him. Disney testified for the House of Un-American Activities and might have been an FBI informant. He was allegedly interested in cryogenics. And he was known to make anti-Semitic remarks. Later biographers denounced some of these accusations as slander, sparking a long battle over Disney’s legacy. Independent Producer Eric Molinsky wanted to know if the accusations of anti-Semitism were true and why they’re still a point of fixation nearly half a century after the man himself passed away.

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Walt Disney was not a controversial figure in his lifetime. But after he died in 1966, historians started revealing all sorts of disquieting things about him. Disney testified for the House of Un-American Activities and might have been an FBI informant. He was allegedly interested in cryogenics. And he was known to make anti-Semitic remarks. Later biographers denounced some of these accusations as slander, sparking a long battle over Disney’s legacy. Independent Producer Eric Molinsky wanted to know if the accusations of anti-Semitism were true and why they’re still a point of fixation nearly half a century after the man himself passed away.

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That clip was from TV Funhouse on Saturday Night Live. Eric Molinsky is an independent producer living in New York City.