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‘Mad Men’ creator defends workplace sexism scenes: ‘100 percent’ of ad women say ‘it was exactly like that’

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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.'”

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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?”

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Watch footage from King’s interview with Weiner, as posted by Ora.TV, below.

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WATCH: White man sprays black teen with hose after hurling racist abuse and claiming to be KKK member

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An East Rochester man sprayed a black teenager with a hose during a confrontation that was captured on video.

The man, whose name has not been released, claimed to be a Ku Klux Klan member during an argument with some black and white teenagers outside his home, and he sprayed one 14-year-old boy as he walked away from the white man, reported WROC-TV.

"You shouldn't be f*cking with the Klan," the man says, and walks toward his yard, where he grabs the hose and hurls a racial slur at the boy.

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Parents fight for custody of 4-year-old son after trying to treat his cancer with tea and ‘a positive state of mind’

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Two Florida parents are fighting this week to regain custody of their 4-year-old son who was taken away from them after they tried to treat his leukemia with a combination of tea and a "positive state of mind."

Local news station WFLA reports that Tampa Bay residents Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball are headed to court to push for custody to be reinstated months after they decided to stop medical treatment for their 4-year-old son Noah.

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Prince Andrew’s fate in potential Epstein lawsuit entirely in the hands of Donald Trump

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MSNBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos said President Donald Trump has a unique ability to tip the scales in one possible legal case related to sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The "Morning Joe" contributor was discussing the latest developments in the case, after Epstein's death earlier this month in jail -- two days after signing a new will.

"You can't hold the attorneys liable because someone wants to prepare a will," Cevallos said, "but remember, they fought to take him off suicide watch and they had to say he's not a suicide risk. otherwise, they would have kept him on suicide watch."

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