Revisiting ‘The Liberty Story’, Disney’s Patriotic and Problematic Tribute to an America That Never Was
Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2020 by Josh Spiegel
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One of the most important things you have to know about Walt Disney is that he was a patriot. Every word of that sentence is true, and in different ways. It’s not just that Walt Disney’s story feels like the truest embodiment of the American Dream. (Though how could it not? A poor Midwestern boy comes from meager means and turns himself into one of the most powerful and influential cultural figures of the last 100-plus years. It sounds too good to be true.) It’s that Disney’s legacy is crafted in such a way that you have to understand he was a patriot. It’s not just that he was one – you must be aware of that truth, or else it will all be for naught. He was known for his animated films, for helping create characters like Mickey Mouse, for building a theme park in Southern California before theme parks were commonplace. But Walt Disney was an American, and don’t you forget it.