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'Mad Men' slammed by real life ad man who reigned in Draper's era

By April MacIntyre Jul 21, 2010, 23:10 GMT

'Mad Men' slammed by real life ad man who reigned in Draper's era

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The August issue of Playboy (on newsstands now) features one real life advertising man from the "Mad Men" era who's not on the bandwagon of the hit AMC show.

The original “Mad Man” – famed ad man George Lois – delivers stinging criticism of the AMC series "Mad Men" in the August issue. 

In his essay, Lois revels in his personal history from the 1960s, which he claims saw the birth of the "Creative Revolution" in the advertising industry – a time when art directors and copywriters shined in their field, and took the reins from the "previously-dominant non-creative hacks and technocrats."

Here’s what Lois had to say about the show:

Mad Men misrepresents the advertising industry by ignoring the revolution that changed the world of communications forever.  That mortal sin of omission makes Mad Men a lie.  Matthew Weiner, creator and show runner of Mad Men, rejects my opinion of his show…

[Mad Men] is nothing more than a soap opera set in a glamorous office where stylish fools hump their appreciative, coiffured secretaries, suck up martinis and smoke themselves to death as they produce dumb, lifeless advertising – oblivious to the inspiring civil rights movement, the burgeoning women’s lib movement, the evil Vietnam war and other seismic events of the turbulent, roller-coaster 1960s that altered America forever.

The heroic movers and shakers of the Creative Revolution…bear no resemblance to the cast of characters on Mad Men

The more I think and write about Mad Men, the more I take the show as a personal insult.  So f*ck you, Mad Men, you phony gray-flannel-suit, male-chauvinist, no-talent, WASP, white-shirted, racist, anti-Semitic Republican SOBs!

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