gilmoregrillz commented on The very white poetry of 'Mad Men'This sort of criticism about Mad Men has always confused me, slightly. Sure, the show is coming from a white POV, and focuses largely on "white America" in the sixties, but it seems presumptuous to say that Weiner doesn't care about race relations. The show isn't about race relations, but it has made several adequate attempts at addressing how race relations affects the show's premise. Maybe they haven't created a plethora of strong black characters (though the few the show has frequently come across more intelligent, compassionate than the regulars), it's use of casual racism in otherwise fan-favorite characters like Roger Sterling is always shocking & effective. It's akin to the moments in the Sopranos, when we'd see Tony Soprano do something horrible and awful. Maybe it's not a "black show" (I really don't know how to classify shows in those terms), but I think you're missing the point if you think the writers don't care. Also, you're REALLY missing out if that's all you ever watched of the Wire. Maybe that's not the best opening scene ever ("Snotboogie" is a name that should have been cut in the writer's room), but you've grossly misinterpreted it (Mcnulty as a sage? Wow). You owe it to yourself to give it another shot, especially since I've heard nothing but praise for the show as far as creating strong roles for African American actors.
Posted on June 9th, 2012 1:26pm