Open Thread: Mad Men & Race

by Latoya Peterson

Mad Men Modern

So, I’ve been hearing bits and whispers about race on Mad Men. “The Suitcase” episode which had Don going on about how he didn’t like Muhammad Ali.

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword episode, where Roger (the show’s designated racist) goes off on potential Japanese clients due to misplaced anger about World War II.

And Naturi Naughton gets a role on the show at the end of the month, keeping tight-lipped on the details of her character.

However, readers, you’ll have to tip me if something actually happens – I’ve functionally stopped watching the show. At this point, the only character I care to know more about is Joan, and she doesn’t merit enough screen time for me to sit through the rest.

So, open thread and the floor is yours.

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