Don Draper

Critics of ‘Mad Men’s’ Workplace Sexism Are Picking the Wrong Fight With Matthew Weiner

For years, Matthew Weiner has been hearing two different reactions to the casual workplace sexism depicted on Mad Men — with men saying it was unrealistic and women saying it nailed their experience, he told Larry King this week. The gendered split remained just as pronounced after this month’s mid-season premiere, “Severance,” which featured an excruciating scene in which Peggy and especially Joan are the targets of blatant sexual harassment. After it aired, Weiner said, the reaction was as expected: “As usual, a bunch of men get on and say, ‘This is outrageous. You went too far, it’s too unbelievable,’ and all the women are [saying], ‘You’re nuts. It’s still like this. You have no idea.’” … Read More

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Watch a Seven-Season Recap of Drinks Poured, Cigarettes Smoked, and Punches Thrown on ‘Mad Men’

In great anticipation of the final seven episodes of AMC’s award-winning series Mad Men (the first of which premieres this… Read More

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“It’s About Class”: Matthew Weiner and ‘Mad Men’s’ Cast on the Show’s Final Episodes

“It’s about the malleability of American culture,” said Mad Men creator, writer, and showrunner Matthew Weiner on Saturday night. Weiner was at a sold-out Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center to toast “Mad Men: The End of an Era,” a special panel celebrating the show in its final season. The event was set up like a clip show, with Weiner joined by Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and John Slatter. The actors introduced their favorite clips featuring their Mad Men characters — Don Draper, Betty Draper, Joan Holloway, and Roger Sterling, respectively — and reminisced over how these scenes came to be and what they learned from them. It was a night of celebration and remembrance — there was nothing as close to a hint about what will happen when Mad Men‘s final seven episodes start next Sunday on April 5, but still plenty to learn about one of finest shows of our time. … Read More

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Let’s Stop Telling Women They Can’t Love Misogynist Art

Norwegian journalist Ellen Sofie Lauritzen loves Philip Roth despite being a feminist, she writes at TPM’s The Slice today. She loves his deeply sexist characters, and the filthy things that come out of their mouths. She loves Lil Wayne and other misogynist MCs. Does this make her a bad feminist, or is there a feminist case for her taste? … Read More

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“People Want to Be Whisked Away”: ‘Mad Men’ Exhibit Illuminates the Ideas Behind the Iconic Show

Early on in the Museum of the Moving Image‘s Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men exhibit, there’s a framed display of three pieces of notebook paper. It’s from 1993, dated “1 a.m.” in the corner, and it’s a bunch of chicken scratch from Weiner’s journal that, taken together, forms the very beginning of Mad Men. “Got an idea the other day,” he writes, “my horoscope said I’d have a great one and although it had been a passing thought a few days before now, it is suddenly real.” … Read More

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How Much Do ‘Mad Men’s’ Enigmatic Posters Really Reveal?

Last week, the final Mad Men promotional poster was released into the world, and we got to see just what symbol may be driving the final half of Season 7: Don’s Cadillac Coup de Ville, setting off from (or beyond) New York into (or away from) the setting sun. Don is well dressed, with a loosened tie, looking into his rearview mirror. … Read More

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Everything We’ve Learned About ‘Mad Men’ From This Week’s Early Press

Jessica Paré’s bare belly, err, I mean the highly acclaimed AMC drama known to all of us as Mad Men, dove right back into the cultural conversation this week. This was thanks to a number of careful little drips and drops of information, from new interviews with the show’s stars and the release of some stunning photos of the cast draped in plaids, ruffles, florals and bell sleeves. … Read More

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Fuck California, You Made Me Boring: How Don Draper Avoided an American Cliché

California. It has always lingered in the background of Mad Men, the ultimate symbol of rebirth, a place where Don Draper could go when he needed another chance — where he could shed his identity and become another, better man. In this first half of the show’s final season (thank you for forcing that awkward wording, AMC), which concluded on Sunday night, Don tangoed with Los Angeles as a permanent possibility. It glittered in the distance, a city on a hill. He had his chance to take it. But it didn’t quite happen. Why was that, and what does it mean? … Read More

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Peggy Olson Has Finally Come Into Her Own — And So Has Don Draper

Mad Men episode can never be reduced to a single takeaway, but that didn’t stop fans from forming a consensus after the season six finale: Don Draper goes down, Peggy Olson comes up. The implosion of her affair with Ted aside, Peggy entered Mad Men‘s final round of episodes with the Shot Seen ‘Round the Blogosphere, a literal replacement of Don and an echo of the Draper-centric opening credits. The boss she couldn’t seem to escape, on the other hand, was finally out of her hair, leaving Peggy his heir apparent. If you can’t beat ’em, become him. … Read More

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How Don Draper Would Sell Philip Roth’s ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’

A while ago I made an educated guess that this season of Mad Men would feature one or two books that came out in 1969. The Godfather, Kurt Vonnegut, and Margaret Atwood could all still show up in this two-part final season of our favorite show about horrible men in nice suits. Yet those other titles would just be an extra-nice surprise, as last night’s episode featured Don on his couch, reading the book I most expected to see: Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth. … Read More

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