Mad Men's Season 5 Opening Scene Is Based on Real-Life Racist Event

Mad Men Season 5 opened with some frat-boy execs at the real-life ad agency Young & Rubicam dropping bags of water on African American protesters picketing on Madison Avenue. It was an effective scene, clearly indicating that the show has entered the era when the Civil Rights movement became unavoidable, even to the most obstinately old-fashioned and isolated parts of American society. It was also apparently based on a real event. According to the New York Times, the scene — including...


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