Monday, September 07, 2009
7076: Mad Men Plays Jai Alai With Reality.
The fourth episode of AMC series Mad Men presented some minor racial and ethnic references. A client seeking to promote jai alai whined that his rich father disapproved of the sport because the old man was against integration and considered the star player a wetback. Later, Sally Draper watched the evening news on television, where the famous image of a burning Thich Quang Duc offered a mention of discrimination faced by Buddhists. As always, racism and hate don’t make direct contact with the main characters—it’s all very foreign or someone else’s problem.
But most offensive was the embarrassingly terrible overacting by the young thespian portraying Sally Draper.