While I am a huge fan of the AMC television show Mad Men, I will be the first to admit that the show goes out of its way, often to far, to diregard PC in its effort to depict the 1960’s. The resulting absurdity of many dialogues that take place is evidence of how far we have come as a country when it comes to political identity.
As early as the very first episode, Mad Men takes PC head on. The following is a clip of a conversation taking place between two of the firms executives prior to a meeting with an important Jewish client:
Could you imagine having a colleague ask you “Have we every hired any Jews?” in such a casual manner? The absolute absurdity of the dialogue is a clear indication of how out of place such a prejudice and racist conversation would be in modern America. In fact, the overwhelming majority of professionals in corporate America would agree that such a conversation would be considered inappropriate.
What’s even more unsettling is the fact that the executive who asked the question, Roger Sterling, did so based entirely on profit motives. According to his reasoning, the hiring of Jewish employees is advantageous solely for the purpose of making Jewish clients “feel comfortable” during meetings with the firm.
It is fascinating how far America has come when it comes to PC and political identity and the corresponding popularity of shows which explore the issue in the way Mad Men does. On the other hand, there are many people who question how such shows even make it on the air…