Mad Men creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner pushed back against criticism of his show’s depiction of sexism in the workplace on Wednesday, telling Ora.TV host Larry King that the reactions tend to be divided across gender lines.
“The joke to me was that when the show went on the air, I had a lot of ad men come out of the woodwork and say, ‘It wasn’t like that,'” Weiner explained. “I’d say like, half of the ad men would come out and say, ‘It wasn’t like that. We didn’t drink that much. That’s baloney.’ And then 100 percent of the women who were there were like, ‘It was exactly like that.'”
Weiner said the pattern repeated itself following this past Sunday’s episode, where Peggy (Elizabeth Moss) and Joan (Christina Hendricks) are belittled by a group of male ad executives at another agency.
“As usual, a bunch of men get on and say, ‘This is outrageous. You went too far, it’s too unbelievable,'” Weiner said. “And all the women are [saying], ‘You’re nuts. It’s still like this. You have no idea.'”
Sunday’s episode, which marked the start of the series’ final seven-episode slate, featured the Peggy Lee song “Is That All There Is?” Weiner elaborated on the song’s resonance, particularly for Don Draper (Jon Hamm).
“Don’s material needs have been met, and he has created a wave of confusion behind him,” Weiner told King. “He has become the success that he pretended to be. So what else is there?”
Watch footage from King’s interview with Weiner, as posted by Ora.TV, below.
‘Rather than leading — he lies’: MSNBC panel says Trump is a ‘danger to the country’ because he can’t be trusted
MSNBC commentators, former assistant US Attorney Maya Wiley and Rick Wilson, explained that President Donald Trump's most significant barrier is making it past his own lies to save America from the coronavirus.
"There's a case tonight being tested in Walton County, Florida. The heart of Trump country," said Wilson, referring to the panhandle county east of Pensacola. "That's not going to be something you can just walk away from if it turns out to be a real case. We're seeing these things popping up all over. The safe bet was always to say, 'This could be bad. We'll do everything we can to stop it.' But he can't stop himself from self-aggrandizing and lying about things. And it's actually -- setting aside my normal criticism of Trump -- this is a danger to the country that he is not a trustworthy person for the American people. Even people who like him now he BS's them all the time. Now, if he says it's not a problem and people are being hospitalized, it is a problem."
Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’
President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.
According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.
"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."
"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."
Seth Meyers: You know Trump isn’t the chief law enforcement officer because he couldn’t pass the physical
"Late Night" host Seth Meyers warned that the United States is sliding into authoritarianism under President Donald Trump.
Sounding the alarm Wednesday evening, Meyers cited reports that Trump was making lists of disloyal people, purging them from their jobs, hiring unqualified cronies in top posts, and claiming he has the right to interfere in criminal cases.
While speaking to the press last week, Trump even announced that he's allowed to be involved in all criminal cases because he's the chief law enforcement officer of the United States. It's actually a title used for the attorney general.