This is one for or all you “Mad Men” fans—especially those fans who have ever wondered about the hit show’s lack of diversity.
The AMC show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, had a conversation with author A.M. Homes on stage as part of the New Museum’s Visionaries Series about how advertising itself has long had a diversity problem, among other topics.
Weiner said the show’s characters would probably not have had many encounters with minorities.
From Advertising Age
"It's a shameful past," he said. "We tried to find a picture of a department store for when we were doing Menken's department store and there was the black department store and the white department store."
The even more unfortunate truth, he said, is that advertising remains a white person's world today.
In a post-event interview with Ad Age
, Weiner noted, "Advertising always has a PR problem. People love it and they greet it with hostility at the same time. It's an interruption, it's a distraction, it's someone trying to sell you something. And at the same time it's 90% of our entertainment."
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You can check out the full video of Weiner’s session here. He begins discussing race around the 48:30 mark: