Category Archives: TV

Mad Men and Matthew Weiner’s anti-WASP Ax Grinding

One reason I liked Mad Men is because it blatantly portrayed a time before political correctness took over. I recognized some of the Northeastern WASP culture subtext, but I am not familiar enough with that environment to understand all the nuance. In interviews related to the series finale, creator Matthew Weiner has been more open about how the show is an outworking of his Jewish anti-Wasp ax grinding. I mostly missed this. I recognized that the show portrayed the WASP culture as decadent, but most Hollywood portrayals of WASP culture emphasize it decadence, so I didn’t really pick up on the underlying hostility. Steve Sailer has been following this issue closely. I find this post fascinating – a seemingly out of nowhere little scene, actually has a lot of meaning and historical context related to intra-White Upper Class rivalries.

As I mention in a comment on the Sailer thread, as a middle-class Southern white boy, all this WASP and intra-WASP nuance is lost on me because it was so off my radar screen growing up. Most of my milieu was homogeneous sameness. The only exoticness that got you any street cred was if you could claim some Cherokee ancestry. I recall noting when I was a kid that people with “odd” sounding last names were usually Catholic and inevitably transplants. So when people would ask “what are you” it was always something that you had supposedly looked into based on the last names in your family tree, not something you knew intuitively.

That Weiner, a Jew from a well off California family, understands all this enough to be pathologically bitter about it, where as it is all foreign to me, a many generations deep Southern white kid, says something.

Better Call Saul Kicks Ratings Butt

Ratings: Better Call Saul Is Cable’s Highest-Rated Series Premiere Ever

Of course The Walking Dead lead in didn’t hurt. It will be interesting to see if it holds its audience. I thought it was great, but I’m an admitted AMC fanboy. Critical reviews have been good, and from what I can tell, fan reaction is good. It’s hard to judge fan reaction from some online sites because there is such a high percentage of trolls you sometimes can’t tell what is trolling and what is for real criticism.

Who’s Stoked For Better Call Saul?

I admit I am a bit of an AMC fanboy, but if you’re not stoked for the premier of Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spin off, then there is something lacking in your makeup. And don’t forget, it has been suggested that what Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, is up to is pretty subversive.

Also, tomorrow is the return of the second half of the 5th season of The Walking Dead. Be on the couch in front of your TV tomorrow night or be square.

Kimbo Slice is Back!

Kimbo Slice is coming back to MMA. He has reportedly signed with Bellator. I say Kimbo vs. Ortiz at heavyweight puts eyeballs on TV screens. What say you, Scott Coker?


Shhh… don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes post about stuff like this just to tweak the obsessive racialists who don’t think white people should like any sport unless it is lily white or like any black athletes. And those who think we should be 100% serious 100% of the time. Someone on Twitter just scolded me for the Joe Pa post. Should I tweet this one out, or just leave it here?

R.I.P. Marlboro Man – an Icon of the America That Used to Be

I think smoking is foolish, but it says a lot about our society that Madison Avenue used to believe rugged manly men were the way to sell products. Now they apparently think Pajama Boy is what moves consumers. God help us! R.I.P. Marlboro Man.

The “Marlboro Man” was almost a caricature of masculinity. The rugged cowboys were used in magazine and television advertisements from the 1950s to late 1990s in an effort to make filtered cigarettes more appealing to men.

See more at USA Today

Today the Marlboro Man is “almost a caricature of masculinity.” At the time he was an iconic image of what a real man was supposed to look like.