ATR 114 – Statutory rape, race and parenting, Mad Men

When underage black girls date men who are 10 or 20 years older than them, why are the girls blamed for being “fast” instead of the men being called out for preying on children? Why is love not enough when it comes to raising kids? Is the absence of people of color in the AMC series Mad Men an accurate portrayal? Or is the series just trying to duck the race question? Carmen Van Kerckhove, Tami Winfrey Harris, and Maxwell Reddick discuss.

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2 thoughts on “ATR 114 – Statutory rape, race and parenting, Mad Men”

  1. “if you try to force a narrative in a place where a narrative does not fit, then the whole thing kinda falls down” – Maxwell Reddick

    Great point made my Maxwell, which immediately brought to mind the Sex and the City feature film.

    Though her “blackness” was not necessarily part of the narrative, the addition of Louise (played by Jennifer Hudson) felt like a response – later confirmed by producer/writer Michael Patrick King – to the criticism of a lack of people of color on the show. Jennifer Hudson’s forced entry into this world, and lack of chemistry with Sarah Jessica Parker was very distracting.

    There doesn’t seem to be much dealings with people of color in the lives of those involved in the world of Sterling Cooper. I share similar feelings about this issue as Carmen does. I’m ok with the lack of color in the workplace, because it fits in with time period.

    That said, I wouldn’t mind seeing a character of color added to the narrative, as long as this narrative doesn’t include: being ignored (but respected) by Don; humored by Sterling; gossiped about by Crane, Kinsley and Cosgrove; disparaged by Pete; respected and befriended by Sal (oh the hardship of our peoples); and of course develop a relationship with Thick Red, which will lead to his firing due to the firm’s policy on…interOFFICE relationships.

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