Monday, August 30, 2010
7920: Mad Men Mention.
The latest episode of AMC series Mad Men presented two race-related scenarios. One was blatant, while the other was probably unintended.
The blatant scenario involved a new art director whose reel included a commercial for Lyndon B. Johnson featuring the Ku Klux Klan.
The probably unintended scenario focused on Don Draper’s hiring of a talentless copywriter. The hack landed an interview because he was related to Roger Sterling’s wife. And Draper hired him after accidentally ripping off a headline from the rookie’s portfolio. The scenario demonstrated quite clearly that the advertising industry has forever awarded positions to unqualified candidates. To understand the race-related component, click here.
(Additionally, the scenario was a rip-off of an identical incident from short-lived TNT series Trust Me.