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.
Michael Moore predicts Mick Mulvaney will get into Heaven after confessing Trump’s quid pro quo
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore predicted acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will ascend to Heaven in the afterlife during a Friday interview on MSNBC's "The Beat" with Ari Melber.
The host played a clip of Mulvaney admitting Trump's quid pro quo while seeking foreign election assistance from Ukraine.
"This man obviously is going to be admitted into Heaven," Moore said. "You know, he told the truth."
"If there was a movie version of this, somebody stuck him with a needle just before he walked out onto the stage there, a truth serum needle, and he just went on and on saying, 'Yeah, that’s what we do. Yeah, of course.' Essentially admitting there is a quid pro quo. In fact, there are many quid pro quos."
‘I don’t think he knows what he’s doing’: Ex-Trump advisor rips the ‘cascading crisis’ of his ‘strategic disaster’
President Donald Trump received harsh criticism from a former top Middle East advisor for the ethnic cleansing campaign Turkey is waging against the Kurds in Syria.
MSNBC's Chuck Todd interviewed Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
"The truth of the matter is when President Trump announced to the world last December that we were leaving Syria and he arbitrarily cut our force reportedly in half, which is already a small force, we lost all of our leverage and influence," McGurk argued. "And he really threw it out the window on this call on October 6th."
Trump’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder is ‘generally agreed’ upon: Columnist declares the president ‘unfit’
The refusal of Republicans to use the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office and elevate Vice President Mike Pence has increased the importance of the impeachment inquiry, Leonard Hitchcock explained on Friday.
Like prominent GOP attorney George Conway, Hitchcock believes Trump suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD).
"There are nine diagnostic criteria of NPD in the DSM-5, and a diagnosis is valid if only five are present. Narcissists have a grandiose sense of self-importance, i.e. they exaggerate their achievements and talents; they are preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power or brilliance; they believe that they are special, unique and should associate only with other high-status or special people; they require excessive admiration; they feel a sense of entitlement; they exploit others for their own gain; they lack empathy; they are envious of others or believe that others envy them; they are arrogant or haughty," Hitchcock wrote.