Another season of Mad Men, another round of Sunday night obsession with what America’s favorite misogynist is up to.
I wrote a while back about what a loathsome creep I think the lead character of this cult show is, but Linda Stasi at the New York Post did a far better job:
So, what’s his appeal? Simple. Don Draper represents, in his repressed way, everything we’re either not supposed to do or are even allowed to do anymore.
He smokes fantastic amounts at work, in restaurants, at home and in the car with his kids.
He drinks at lunch, at work, at home and before getting into his car. He’d rather have sex than babysit.
His favorite food group is steer.
He has random, unprotected sex. He tells his clients what he really thinks of them.
He doesn’t work out — he just works. And he makes no apologies for any of it.
In other words, Don Draper does things that nowadays would land us in jail, at child protective services, on the unemployment line or worse, at “Biggest Loser” fat camp. And it looks like such uncivilized fun.
But can we all agree Don Draper is not sexy, he’s not a role model, he’s a white collar white male power fantasy?
I think Linda is right. Don’s appeal is that he gets to do the things many people wish they could — but in real life, actions have actual consequences, and people have consciences.