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  •  If nothing else, Mad Men allows (5+ / 0-)

    many of us to examine the covert white protestant bigotry of our parents' generation in the way it was often exposed to us. We were told that racism was wrong but it was right there before us, in their jokes and in their status quo thinking ("they are inferior, but don't make them feel bad about it").

    Pete Campbell is the most interesting character in this regard in that he is the most conflicted over his ideas of race. For much of the series he seems the most pernicious character, and we see him occasionally joking about jews and "chinamen", but after the black marchers were pelted with water bombs (in last week's episode) he flatly stated he saw no humor in this. And despite being pretty clearly a republican, he was distraught on the day Kennedy died and reviled those who joked about his death. Great character, at times you despise him and at times you almost like him, and like Don he reveals the conflicted heart of millions of American males.

    There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

    by frankzappatista on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 10:24:15 AM PDT

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