Thursday, September 27, 2007
Episode 10 of AMC series Mad Men was devoid of any minority depictions—but there were a few semi-racist statements.
When discussing Oscar-winning movie The Apartment, Roger Sterling remarked about Shirley MacLaine’s character, “A White elevator operator?”
Later, Joan Holloway’s date made condescending comments about a Polish janitor.
Holloway also had to rebuff lesbian overtures from a girlfriend.
In a classic case of bad media planning, a commercial for quitting smoking with prescription medicine Chantix appeared during the show. Everyone who has suffered through even a single episode knows Mad Men is a weekly glorification of cigarette puffing. What dumb, White Pole was responsible for that media buy?