Few people can lay claim to the same level of fame Walt Disney still has. He was always more than just a person: he was and remains to this day a worldwide brand. But as to who the real Walt was… well, that’s a question that’s still being hashed out. Was he a kindly old uncle figure or an unpleasant bigot and racist? These 20 little-known facts may adjust your view of him, whatever it is.
20. He probably wasn’t an anti-Semite
Generally, whenever the media delve deep into the life of Walt Disney, the phrase “anti-Semitic” comes up. Yet, there’s no evidence to prove Disney was prejudiced towards Jewish people, and he even donated to Jewish charities. However, one accusation leveled against him is true – he did do business with anti-Semites.
19. He had many failures before he achieved success
Disney wasn’t always, well, Disney. After his first studio, Laugh-O-Gram, went bankrupt in 1923 he was forced into poverty so immense that he supposedly ate dog food to survive. Even once he made it to happier times, people still criticized his work. Indeed, no one believed Mickey Mouse was a good idea.