Mad Men

Mad Men

This is another show that I haven’t actually watched.  Well, I watched the first four episodes and it didn’t grab me.  I just found it depressing and not very interesting, but I seem to be alone in that.

Last week in my class the teacher (for reasons that are not entirely clear to me) showed a YouTube clip of an office party in Mad Men where someone gets his foot run over by a lawnmower.  The teacher said that because of this injury, the character’s foot is amputated and his career is over.


I can’t blame the writing of the show for this one if that is accurate to early 1960s in America.  It depresses me to think that it is accurate.  Tell me why losing a foot would stop your career in writing ad copy.  Anyone?  Anyone have a clue why that would be?

I’m so disturbed that people could honestly and really think that way.  It’s just a foot, not critically important to anything, with easy workarounds.


  1. Melissa
    Apr 7, 2011

    It’s just a foot… 🙂

    I’m constantly amazed at the fear and loathing toward disability displayed by a culture that is supposedly so diverse.

    I don’t watch the show either, btw.

    • RuthMadison
      Apr 7, 2011

      I know! Where do these negative feelings come from? Jeez.

  2. Beni
    Apr 11, 2011

    That’s the absurd about that episode! That’s the whole point of that scene, that it makes no sense!
    Because the show is in the ’60s, the screenwriters make sure to show us lots of “little” things that evolved: people drinking while driving, everyone smokes and blowing smoke to someone’s face is ok, kids preparing cocktails for parents, not to mention all the anti-woman ideas of the time.

    • RuthMadison
      Apr 12, 2011

      Yeah, that’s why I say I can’t blame the writers for this, I think it is reflective of that time, and that’s what depresses me. How we as a society could ever be that stupid… 🙁 In a lot of ways we still are.

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