Who knew that “Mad Men” would become such a big story in the wake of the annual State of the Union Address last night? For whatever reason, that is precisely what happened as President Obama ended up using a show as a reference point when talking about gender inequality in the work place.
Referencing statistical data in his speech, Obama claimed that “it’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode,” which was one of the most-overt references in the entire speech. It was also one that was certainly not out of character for Obama to make. After all, the Commander-in-Chief is a major TV buff in his spare time, who watches such shows as “Homeland” and “House of Cards” regularly. (When you work almost all the time and cannot really go out in public, we imagine that TV becomes a sort of refuge.)
Of course, it didn’t take long at all for “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner to have his own voice heard after some of the comments were made. Speaking to the New York Times, he claimed that he is “honored that our show is part of a much-needed national conversation,” and also that he supports the remarks that Obama made. While gender inequality is not always something you want to be related to, in this case it makes sense. This is one of the major issues that Weiner has addressed time and time again with Peggy and Joan on the show, and there is nothing more flattering in the world than finding out that one of the leaders of the free world is someone who actively checks out your show.
For the record, “Mad Men” season 7 is slated to premiere on AMC in April, which will be the first half of its final 14 episodes. The second part will air in 2015, after Obama gets another chance to talk about the show of course.
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