Friday, September 10, 2010

Just Do It (Mad Men 407)

Don's rejection of Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali in "The Suitcase" reflects more than the simple bigotry exhibited by Miss Blankenship. There's no denying that the dislike for Ali felt by many whites had a racial component to it. However, I think in the context of the episode, the boxing champion who, like Don, reinvented himself by changing his name hits too close to home (Don bets against Ali right after Stan remarks that "Clay would make one hell of an ad man").

It's noteworthy that the other sports legend rejected by Don is Joe Namath.

...Full Post at Basket of Kisses.

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