WBEZ | Mad Men http://www.wbez.org/tags/mad-men Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The importance of characters we love to hate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-08/importance-characters-we-love-hate-108516 <p><p><img 2013="" a="" alt="" angeles.="" at="" breaking="" celebrate="" chris="" class="image-original_image" episodes="" final="" in="" july="" los="" of="" on="" pictures="" pizello="" poses="" premiere="" screening="" series="" sony="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Chris%20Pizzello%3AAP.jpg" studios="" television="" the="" title="Anna Gunn, who plays Skyler White on &quot;Breaking Bad,&quot; poses at a premiere screening to celebrate the final episodes of the television series at Sony Pictures Studios on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Los Angeles. (AP/Chris Pizzello)" to="" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Actress Anna Gunn, who plays the wife of chemist-turned-meth savant Walter White on the AMC series &quot;Breaking Bad,&quot; wrote a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/opinion/i-have-a-character-issue.html?_r=0" target="_blank">powerful op-ed</a> in the<em> New York Times </em>on Friday describing the fan vitriol that has been hurled at Skyler White since day one.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;My character, to judge from the popularity of Web sites and Facebook pages devoted to hating her, has become a flash point for many people&rsquo;s feelings about strong, nonsubmissive, ill-treated women,&quot; wrote Gunn. Bullseye.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Of course, the immense hatred reserved for Skyler&mdash;while her husband gets the <a href="http://entertainment.time.com/2012/07/09/dead-tree-alert-walter-white-the-greatest-american-antihero/" target="_blank">Greatest American Antihero</a>&nbsp;pass&mdash;is mind-bogglingly sexist, not to mention unfair. How is cheating on your husband and being a bit pushy (or &quot;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/anna-gunn-breaking-bad-skyler-white_b_3810989.html?utm_hp_ref=tw" target="_blank">emasculating</a>,&quot; to quote many an online commentator) in any way comparable to meth-making and murder?&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Yes, TV wives from Betty Draper to Carmela Soprano have received the brunt of fan hatred in lieu of their arguably more villanious husbands (how dare they disrupt the lives of our precious antiheroes by showing their non-ladylike emotions!) and from a logical standpoint, most of that criticism is seriously <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/07/16/skyler_white_and_breaking_bad_stop_hating_tv_wives.html" target="_blank">unjustified</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">And yet, these venom-spewing haters keep tuning in week after week, hungry to see what their most reviled characters will do next. They spend hours venting in online forums and arguing over the office water cooler, talking about how much they <em>hate</em> these characters with every fiber of their being. But really, don&#39;t you have to<em> love</em> watching these characters at least a little bit to hate them so much?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" fox="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Still%20of%20Marissa_0.jpg" style="height: 263px; width: 300px; float: left; " the="" title="Still of Mischa Barton as Marissa on &quot;The O.C.&quot; (FOX/The O.C.) " />Marissa Cooper from &quot;The O.C.&quot; is a shining example of this paradox. Poor little rich girl Marissa (played by a wooden and consistently annoying Mischa Barton) was universally despised from the moment she appeared onscreen. However, even when many &quot;O.C.&quot; fans campaigned for Marissa&#39;s death and rejoiced when she met her <a href="http://tabloidwhore.blogspot.com/2006/05/oc-marissas-dead-and-im-glad.html" target="_blank">fiery demise </a>in Season 3, a sharp ratings decline in Season 4 proved that most of them had stopped watching&nbsp;in her absence.&nbsp;Perhaps they missed the eye-rolling drama in spite of themselves, or secretly longed for that special brand of chair-throwing crazy that only their least favorite character could provide?&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Brenda from &quot;Beverly Hills 90210&quot; also falls into the &quot;characters we love to hate and can&#39;t stop watching&quot; category, along with J.R. from &quot;Dallas,&quot; Sue Sylvester from &quot;Glee,&quot; and practically the entire cast of &quot;The Newsroom.&quot; The list of incessantly watchable, often downright irresistable villains on the silver screen is similarly varied: Hannibal Lector, The Joker, Lord Voldemort, Joan Crawford in &quot;Mommie Dearest,&quot; etc.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In my book, &quot;hate-watching&quot; is an oxymoron, akin to &quot;guilty pleasure&quot; and &quot;airplane food.&quot; To hate-watch a show repeatedly is to have a weird, twisted love for it. To call a fluffy rom-com your &quot;guilty pleasure&quot; means that you love it to death, but are simply too afraid to openly endorse a film that most people consider to be terrible. Airplane food is <a href="http://coolquotescollection.com/7727/the-term-serious-actor-is-kind-of-an-oxymoron-isn-t-it-like-republican-party-or" target="_blank">self-explanatory.</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">So, while there&#39;s nothing wrong with a good heated debate over whether <em>not&nbsp;</em>being able to denounce Skyler White is institutionally sexist (equality for all, even when mud-slinging!), I believe that we should dig even deeper into our culture of hate-watching and ask ourselves why we &quot;hate&quot; so passionately in the first place.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">If the opposite of love is <a href="http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1049.Elie_Wiesel" target="_blank">indifference</a>, not hate, then perhaps we care more for these characters than we even dare to admit to ourselves.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Maybe, we actually kind of love them.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><em>Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer and co-host of WBEZ&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a>&nbsp;a podcast about the future of television. Follow Leah on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tumblr</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-08/importance-characters-we-love-hate-108516 The 'Mad Men' complex http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/mad-men-complex-106528 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Mad%20Men%202_0.jpg" title="Don and Megan Draper get steamy in a promo still for 'Mad Men.' (AMC)" /></p><p>The hit AMC drama&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804503/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Mad Men</a>&nbsp;</em>returned for a&nbsp;sixth season&nbsp;on&nbsp;Sunday night, and fans flocked to viewing parties all over the country to celebrate the occasion. In Chicago, venues like the Public Hotel and Logan Theatre opened their doors for late-night soirees, serving retro cocktails on the rocks and welcoming&nbsp;<em>Mad Men&nbsp;</em>enthusiasts in their <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130408/logan-square/mad-men-fans-dress-up-for-season-premiere-at-logan-theatre/slideshow/369724" target="_blank">finest sixties attire</a>.</p><p>After <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_Mad_Men" target="_blank">four consecutive</a>&nbsp;Emmy wins for Best Drama and a popular <a href="http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/04/mad-mens-megan-draper-serves-as-banana-republics-mad-for-mod-muse.html" target="_blank">Banana Republic</a> clothing line, the show has a rightful position in our cultural zeitgest alongside other fan-favorites like <em>Breaking Bad</em>,&nbsp;<em>Downton Abbey</em> and<em> Game of Thrones</em>. The episodes are very well written, beautifully filmed and certainly indicative of the times.</p><p>Still, I find myself wondering: why do members of my generation in particular (those gosh darn <a href="http://www.thenextgreatgeneration.com/2010/08/why-millennials-love-mad-men/" target="_blank">millenials</a>)&nbsp;romanticize a philandering cad like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/blogs/pop-vox/2009/08/17/why-the-ladies-love-jon-hamm-of-mad-men.html" target="_blank">Don Draper</a>&nbsp;and gloss over the unfair treatment of almost everyone else on the show who isn&#39;t a straight white male?</p><p><i>Mad</i> fans tend to put Don on a pedestal as the ultimate&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/the-purple-fig/being-in-love-with-bad-boys_b_2718561.html" target="_blank">man-ly man</a>:&nbsp;the square-jawed <a href="http://observer.com/2013/01/bad-men-tvs-most-reprehensible-antiheroes-and-the-women-who-love-them/" target="_blank">anti-hero</a>&nbsp;who makes women&nbsp;<a href="http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/relationships/why-we-shouldnt-want-to-date-don-draper-but-still-do-287503.html" target="_blank">swoon</a>&nbsp;against their better judgment and prompts modern-day guys to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.askmen.com/money/career_300/307_career-tips-from-don-draper.html" target="_blank">take notes</a>.&nbsp;The&nbsp;alpha-male chauvinsim of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce feeds on a <a href="http://seniorplanet.org/we-survived-60s-sexism-a-look-back-at-the-mad-men-era/" target="_blank">sexist environment</a> that could never exist today; and yet, my&nbsp;<em>Mad Men</em>-obsessed friends (and many <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804503/board/thread/205661476" target="_blank">online commentators</a>) enjoy the &quot;harmless&quot; <a href="http://www.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-10-things-imad-meni-could-do-that-we-cant-and-wish-we-could.html" target="_blank">voyeuristic</a> experience of watching these white male ad execs get away with everything they can&#39;t do in real life.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" audiences="" became="" betty="" class="image-original_image" hate="" her.="" in="" loved="" more="" season="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fat%20betty.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 320px; float: left; " the="" title="The more unstable 'Fat Betty' became in Season 5, the more audiences loved to hate her. (AMC)" to="" /></div><p><em>Mad Men</em>&nbsp;devotees gravitate towards Don and repel his ex-wife <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Draper" target="_blank">Betty</a>, even though their vices (rampant alcoholism and extramarital affairs for him, awful parenting and mental instability for her) shouldn&#39;t make any one the &quot;villain&quot; over the other.</p><p>Jon Hamm&#39;s inherent likability as an actor versus January Jones&#39; regrettable <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/04/30/tvs_gift_to_bad_actors/" target="_blank">stiffness</a> probably doesn&#39;t help matters; but from a logical standpoint, shouldn&#39;t viewers have a little more contempt for the cheating husband and a little more compassion for the wife he discarded? The fact that most people I know (male and female) have zero sympathy for Betty, yet easily forgive Don for all of his flaws, is more than a little disconcerting.</p><p>&quot;I miss the old Don,&quot; was a common thread on <em>Mad Men</em> <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/03/26/mad-men-megan/" target="_blank">forums</a>&nbsp;last year,&nbsp;with commenters agreeing that &quot;Don is a liar and cheat...and we like him that way!&quot; and cheering when he strayed from second wife Megan at the end of Season 5. Again, what is it about womanizing Don that keeps viewers coming back for more? Is he living some kind of fantasy that other men only wish they could pursue? Everyone loves a good anti-hero (take Walter White of <em>Breaking Bad</em>, for example) but sometimes I wonder why audiences like &quot;unlikeable&quot; characters so much in the first place.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Olson">Peggy Olson</a>, my favorite character, is the token feminist on the show. She fights to be taken seriously as an equal; and at the top of Season 6, she is well on her way. Still, I would <em>never</em> want to be in her position (a woman working twice as hard to land a man&#39;s job) and I don&#39;t understand why women of my generation would ever dream of living in an era that was so blatantly sexist. The 1960s are often viewed through <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1346813/The-flip-1960s-sexual-revolution-We-paid-price-free-love.html" target="_blank">rose-colored glasses</a>; when in actuality, these years were some of the most tumultous and trying times in our nation&#39;s history.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, audiences adore&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Holloway" target="_blank">Joan Holloway</a>&nbsp;as the sassy and curvaceous &quot;Marilyn&quot; of <em>Mad Men</em>, wishing more bold women with &quot;real bodies&quot; like hers existed in the new millenium. And yet, from my perspective, Joan&#39;s story is a sad one. She <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Holloway" target="_blank">sleeps her way to the top</a>; not because she is untalented, but because she doesn&#39;t even realize that her talent in the office <em>should</em> be enough. Alas, this is all she knows, and her overwhelmingly misogynistic society doesn&#39;t present her with many options otherwise.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Joan_s-roommate.jpg" style="height: 213px; width: 320px; float: right; " title="A gay subplot with Joan's roommate was briefly introduced in Season 1, then scrapped. (AMC)" /></div><p>Another distressing aspect of <em>Mad Men</em> is the lack of diversity on the show in general. Season 1 introduced the closeted art director&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mad_Men_characters#Sal_Romano" target="_blank">Sal Romano</a>;&nbsp;but for some reason,&nbsp;his storyline was cut after Season 3 and audiences never saw him again. A lesbian subtext also briefly arose in Season 1 with Joan&#39;s female roommate; but after Joan politely brushed her aside, she too disappeared. Personally, I&#39;d welcome a return from Sal, or a more in-depth storyline for Zosia Mamet&#39;s character <a href="http://www.spin.com/blogs/spin-crush-zosia-mamet-girls-and-mad-men" target="_blank">Joyce Ramsay</a>: a lesbian friend of Peggy&#39;s whose confidence I found refreshing.</p><p>And while Season 6 is <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lY77yLIWCw" target="_blank">guaranteed</a> to show the Civil Rights Movement in full force, past seasons of&nbsp;<em>Mad Men</em>&nbsp;have featured minorities only in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.racialicious.com/2009/08/14/on-mad-men-and-race/" target="_blank">subservient positions</a>&nbsp;(like the Drapers&#39; Puerto Rican maid, Celia)&nbsp;and seen only through the prism of white eyes. The first prominently-featured black character in a non-housekeeper role (<a href="http://madamenoire.com/163828/things-are-changing-mad-men-welcomes-its-first-black-character/">Dawn Chambers</a>, Don&#39;s new secretary and Sterling Cooper&#39;s first black employee) wasn&#39;t introduced until Season 5; and unfortunately, given very little to do beyond serving a cultural plot point.</p><p>I understand that <em>Mad Men</em> is a show about upper-class white America in the 1960s, just like how <em>Girls&nbsp;</em>is a reprsentation of privileged white girls in modern-day Brooklyn. Still, I&#39;d like to see&nbsp;<em>Mad Men</em>&nbsp;creator Matthew Weiner fulfill his promise of giving black voices <a href="http://www.thefrisky.com/2012-03-23/where-are-the-black-folks-on-mad-men-matt-weiner-explains/" target="_blank">a real chance to be heard</a>&nbsp;in future episodes.&nbsp;</p><p>Hopefully, Season 6 will bring more empowered women, queer advocates and trailblazing people of color to the forefront of <em>Mad Men </em>than ever before. If the men of my generation can aspire to be more&nbsp;than Don Draper, and the woman can realize that they deserve better, then I&#39;ll raise my Old Fashioned to that.</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a> or join the &#39;Mad Men&#39; conversation on <a href="https://www.facebook.com" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/mad-men-complex-106528 Actor Joel Murray talks about his leading role in 'God Bless America,' and life on the B-List http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/actor-joel-murray-talks-about-his-leading-role-god-bless-america-and-life-b-list <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Joel%20Murray%20gun%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20Magnet%20Releasing_0.jpg" title="(Magnolia Pictures/Joel Murray)"></div><p>Actor and Chicago native Joel Murray goes from cubical drone to lecherous loser to badass psycho killer – all in the span of the 90-plus minute dark comedy <em><a href="http://www.magnetreleasing.com/godblessamerica/">God Bless America</a></em>. &nbsp;Murray stars as Frank in the new film by writer/director/actor Bobcat Goldthwait. &nbsp;</p><p>Though he’s played memorable roles on critically acclaimed television programs like Showtime’s <em><a href="http://www.sho.com/sho/shameless/home">Shameless</a></em> and AMC’s <em><a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/mad-men">Mad Men</a></em>, the ability to make it as someone who’s not technically an “A-lister” has become increasingly more difficult with the onset of reality TV, and larger changes in Hollywood.</p><p>Murray joins Wednesday's <em>Afternoon Shift</em> to talk about his life, from growing up in a family of entertainers (including brothers Bill and Brian Doyle Murray), to his career in smaller roles, to this new role as a leading man.</p><p>Here's a few of the best moments from the interview:</p><p>When asked about taking on the role of Frank, and where he pulls from to play the character, Murray says:</p><p>“I found the dark spot in my own life...and you channel that and say the words.”</p><p>Later on in the convo, but on a similar topic, Steve asks him about playing these darker types of characters. Specifically, Frank in the film and Freddy Rumsen from <em>Mad Men</em>.</p><p>“It just seems to be the roles I'm getting these days – guys on the edge of suicide.”</p><p>About working as someone who’s not an A-Lister:</p><p>“I'm doing a lot of quality stuff all of a sudden, that's getting recognition, but a lot of it doesn't pay. The part in <em>The Artist</em> was nothing, and <em>Shameless..</em>. But, you gotta eek it out… You try to put five lines in the water and hope you catch a fish on one of them.”</p></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 16:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/actor-joel-murray-talks-about-his-leading-role-god-bless-america-and-life-b-list Samantha Irby wonders why 'Mad Men' bothers with black characters at all http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/samantha-irby-wonders-why-mad-men-bothers-black-characters-all-98108 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/episode-4-dawn.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 436px; " title="Dawn Chambers (Teyonah Parris) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) in Episode 4 of Season 5 (Photo by Michael Yarish/AMC)"></div><p>AMC's <em>Mad Men </em>has been lauded for its nuanced depiction of life 1960s America, particularly the voice it gives to women. However, it's been picked upon for how little black Americans have been represented on the show. Others feel this is an unfair claim, given that in the world of advertising at this time, there were few black people around.</p><p>But in the fifth season, which takes place in 1968, <em>Mad Men</em> has to confront race, if it's going to go by history. It's done so thus far with by introducing a new black secretary, and by pulling a story about a civil rights demonstration <a href="http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/on-mad-men-an-opening-scene-straight-from-page-1/">straight from the headlines</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>But writer Samantha Irby isn't sure any of this makes much of a different in a show where all the main characters are white. To Irby, <em>Mad Men</em> "represents the loophole white men have created to dodge the political correctness of current racial and gender equality, and also happens to be a total turnoff to me as woman of color: the Period peace." She asks: why introduce any black characters in the first place, if the show isn't going to engage with them in any real way? Read an excerpt or listen:</p><p><em>"The year is 1967, and black people FINALLY exist.<span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;"><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;At least, we finally exist within the drab, colorless context of </span></span></em><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;"><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;">Mad Men</span></span><em><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;"><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;">’s fictional Sterling Draper&nbsp;</span></span><span mce_fixed="1" mce_style="font-size: 5px;">Cooper Price. After a much ballyhooed delay, your ex-wife’s favorite television program is back on the air for a fifth season.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p><em><span mce_fixed="1" mce_style="font-size: 9.52381px;"><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;"><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;">I never much understood the obsession with this show past its visual appeal: the writing is kind of weak, the characters are mostly shallow, the actors playing those characters are totally boring, and the acting isn’t really impressive, but I do appreciate the painstaking care with which every single Art Deco end table and antique lamp has been researched and chosen by the set decorator.&nbsp;</span><br><br>Seriously, I buy the kind of furniture that snaps together like Legos, and all of those beautiful sunken living rooms&nbsp;</span></span><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;"><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;">almost&nbsp;make me care about interior design. Also, Jon Hamm and his big chin has the kind of face you want to sit on for, like, nine hours. Like I said,&nbsp;</span></span><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;"><span mce_style="font-size: 10pt;">it’s the visuals that really carry the show."</span></span></em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/samantha-irby-wonders-why-mad-men-bothers-black-characters-all-98108 Creating racial reality through advertising and film http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/creating-racial-reality-through-advertising-and-film <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/wv_20100820a_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Fifty years after the Civil Rights era, 60 years after the wartime internment of Japanese-Americans, and almost 150 years after America's abolishment of slavery, the vast majority of the images we see in film and on TV are still of <st1:personname w:st="on">C</st1:personname>aucasian Americans.</p><p>Why are media and movies so out-of-touch with the real diversity of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></st1:country-region>? <st1:personname w:st="on">H</st1:personname>ow did we get here? Where do we go from here?</p><p>Today, film contributor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/milos-stehlik" target="_blank">Milos Stehlik</a> continues an occasional series called <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/images-movies-and-race" target="_blank"><em>Images, <st1:personname w:st="on">M</st1:personname>ovies and Race</em></a></em>. Today, Milos spends the hour with two African-American trailblazers of the advertising industry. Shirley Riley-Davis is a winner of numerous advertising copywriting and creative awards during a career that has led her from <st1:city w:st="on">Pittsburgh</st1:city> to <st1:state w:st="on">New York</st1:state>'s "<st1:personname w:st="on">M</st1:personname>ad" Avenue to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:personname w:st="on">C</st1:personname>hicago</st1:city></st1:place>. And <st1:personname w:st="on"><a href="http://www.colum.edu/academics/marketing_communication/faculty/hallen.php" target="_blank"><st1:personname w:st="on">H</st1:personname>erbert Allen</a></st1:personname> is a <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:personname w:st="on">C</st1:personname>hicago</st1:city></st1:place> playwright, professor of marketing at Columbia College, and advertising strategist who innovated concepts of market segmentation.<br> <br> <strong> A film about the actual 'Red Ball Express,' which was 75% black:</strong><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/KjAjBJ51dCY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="385" width="640"></p><p><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ggkLhL2xjdc" frameborder="0" height="315" width="420"></iframe></p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/_Mk2Tca88Xo?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="385" width="480"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7b3313ch6lU?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="385" width="480"></p></p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/creating-racial-reality-through-advertising-and-film