On the George Washington Bloom Project: Special Mad Men Edition
In which The Gay Recluse loves orchids, yet feels ambivalent about teevee.
This week we’ve been catching up on Season Two of Mad Men.
We’re not here to criticize the show, which is srsly one of the best on teevee these days.
It’s basically everything you want in a drama: three-dimensional characters, interesting stories, good dialogue, beautifully composed sets and costumes. It’s a genuinely literary endeavor, and we’re almost never bored or particularly frustrated when we watch.
Yet as we observe Don Draper, the handsome and brooding and oddly cerebral (anti?)hero who — like Tony Soprano — drinks and fucks and punches his way through a tortured mid-life crisis, we cannot help but feel somewhat fatigued by how fucking straight he is. After 35+ years of intense teevee absorption, we want something that looks a little bit more like the world we live in, and not some Hollywood dreamland (no matter how intelligently it’s constructed, as with Mad Men.)
We’re not suggesting that Don Draper needs some M2M action to somehow legitimize him (or the show).
We want a completely different show! In short, we’re looking forward to the day when themes of alienation and loneliness can be presented through an attractive (to the extent that can be objective) and aggressive — and sexually magnetic — character who is not a straight guy.
We crave this in the same way we crave someone who’s not a straight white guy to be elected to the presidency; ultimately it’s not a question of logic — there’s no particular policy that Barack Obama holds that couldn’t also be held by a white-guy candidate — but we nevertheless want someone who at least superficially (though ideally more than that) reflects the world around us, and by “world” we mean “city.”
We hope Obama wins! Yet even if he does, as for our prospective teevee show, we understand that we’ll probably be watching this from beyond the grave.
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Tags: Alienation, Barack Obama, Brooding, Don Draper, Dudebros, Mad Men, The Sopranos, Tony Soprano