Those who read about Meryl Streep’s explosive speech ahead of the National Board of Review last week, during which she blasted Walt Disney as a "gender bigot" and a racist member of an anti-Semitic lobby group, might have been wondering what the Disney family thought of her claims.
Turns out, they are fully ‘Team Streep’. Or, at least, his grandniece Abigail Disney is.
Disney took to Facebook to say she "loved" her remarks, and admitted that she herself had “mixed feelings” about her great uncle.
"You really need to be as honest as possible about those feelings, or else you are going to lead yourself into many a blind alley in life," she posted.
"Anti-Semite? Check. Misogynist? OF COURSE!! Racist? C'mon he made a film (Jungle Book) about how you should stay 'with your own kind' at the height of the fight over segregation! As if the 'King of the Jungle' number wasn't proof enough!! How much more information do you need?"
But, the 54-year-old film producer reminded her followers, "he was hella good at making films and his work has made billions of people happy. There's no denying it."
Abigail Disney is most noted for her work on two films: Hell and Back Again, which centres around the lives of soldiers who attempt to reintegrate with society in the US after they return back from Afghanistan, and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated The Queen of Versailles, about a wealthy couple building a Versailles-inspired dream mansion amid the financial crisis.
Her statement comes after Streep shocked onlookers at a dinner to honour her peer Emma Thompson for her star turn as PL Travers in Disney film Saving Mr Banks.
The movie is based around Walt Disney’s courting of the rights to Travers’ classic Mary Poppins, and detailed the lengths the animator went to persuade her to adapt the novel for the big screen.
On the one hand, Streep labelled Thompson "a beautiful artist" who is "practically a saint", before reading out a heart-felt, self-penned poem about the British actress called "An Ode to Emma, Or What Emma is Owed".
On the other, Streep launched into a tirade about Disney, calling the late animator 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," she added, before quoting a letter he wrote to an aspiring female animator in 1938.
"Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men," it read.
She went on to quote Disney's colleague Walter Kimball, who apparently said that his boss "didn't trust women or cats," Variety reported.
Disney was plagued by allegations of anti-Semitism during his life and after his death. Sure enough, ethnic stereotypes common to films of the 1930s were included in several of his early cartoons.
For example, Three Little Pigs featured the Big Bad Wolf sneaking up to the door dressed as a Jewish peddler. And The Opry House, during which Mickey Mouse dresses up and dances like a Hasidic Jew.
Other rumours centred around his acceptance of female German filmmaker (and notorious Nazi propagandist) Leni Riefenstahl to Hollywood to promote her film Olympia in 1938. He was criticised for not cancelling her invitation even after news of Kristallnacht broke.
Further still, Jewish animator Art Babbitt, who maintained a "difficult relationship" with Disney throughout his career, claimed to have seen Disney and his lawyer, Gunther Lessing, attending meetings of pro-Nazi organisation the German American Bund in the late 1930s.
However, Disney biographer Neal Gabler, who was the first writer to gain unrestricted access to the Disney archives in 2006, concluded based on the evidence available that he was not an anti-Semite. At least, not in the conventional sense.
In summary, he said: "He got the reputation because, in the 1940s, he got himself allied with a group called the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, which was an anti-Communist and antisemitic organization.
"And though Walt himself, in my estimation, was not antisemitic, nevertheless, he willingly allied himself with people who were antisemitic, and that reputation stuck. He was never really able to expunge it throughout his life."
According to The Walt Disney Family Museum, the company also gave money to several Jewish charities, including the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, Yeshiva College and The American League for a Free Palestine.
Oscar predictions 2014: The main contenders
Oscar predictions 2014: The main contenders
1/16 American Hustle
Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper star in David O Russell's dark comedy - but will Hustle win over Best Picture favourite 12 Years a Slave?
2/16 12 Years a Slave
It won Best Drama at the Golden Globes but whether 12 Years a Slave can take the Oscar for Best Picture ahead of Hustle, Gravity and The Wolf of Wall Street remains to be seen
Space adventure Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is another likely Oscar winner. Bullock is a favourite for Best Actress, Alfonso Cuaron may repeat his Golden Globes win for Best Director and the film as a whole could well take Best Picture
4/16 Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks' role in Captain Phillips - about a ship being hijacked by Somali pirates - is a strong contender for both Best Picture and Best Actor, despite no Golden Globe wins
5/16 Saving Mr Banks
It may have an outside chance for Best Picture at the Oscars, but Emma Thompson's role as PL Travers was nominated for Best Actress at the Golden Globes
Philomena is a British underdog for Best Picture, but it did earn a Best Drama nod at the Golden Globes
7/16 Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor is the bookies' favourite to win Best Actor for his role as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave
8/16 Matthew McConaughey
McConaughey is tipped as Ejiofor's biggest rival for the Best Actor Oscar, for his role as an AIDs sufferer and campaigner in Dallas Buyers Club. He won the Golden Globe for his performance
9/16 Leonardo Di Caprio
Could DiCaprio finally win an Oscar for The Wolf of Wall Street, or will Chiwetel Ejiofor, Robert Redford or Matthew McConaughey pip him to the post?
10/16 Robert Redford
Redford's performance as a resourceful sailor in All Is Lost earned him praise, making him a possible Best Actor contender at the Oscars
11/16 Bruce Dern
Another underdog, but Bruce Dern's role in Nebraska was widely-acclaimed and may see him earn at least an Oscar nod if not a win
12/16 Cate Blanchett
Blanchett's performance as a rich but troubled Manhattan socialite in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She is currently the outright favourite to win the Oscar too at 1/8
13/16 Lupita Nyong'o
The Kenyan actress plays gutsy cotton picker Patsey in 12 Years a Slave but can she rival likely competition from more-established stars such as Jennifer Lawrence?
14/16 Amy Adams
Her leading role in American Hustle earned her a Best Actress Golden Globe, making Adams, pictured here with co-star Bradley Cooper, a top contender for Best Actress at the Oscars
15/16 Jennifer Lawrence
She famously tripped up the stairs en route to accept her Best Actress award at last year's Oscars, but can Jennifer Lawrence take an accolade again for her supporting role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle?
16/16 Steve McQueen
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and Chiwetel Ejiofor talk on set - the British director is a strong contender for Best Director this year