The Airing of Grievances Rolls On: MAD MEN Creator Matthew Weiner Called “Emotional Terrorist”
A survivor of the Hancock Park Golfocaust, Matthew Weiner, creator of the Mad Men soap opera, remains in the news on charges of being an “emotional terrorist.” I had never heard of “emotional terrorism” before, but it seems like a popular title among authors of self-help books.
Technically, emotional terrorism isn’t actually a crime, yet, but, hey … It’s the time for the Airing of Grievances. From the Hollywood Reporter:
NOVEMBER 17, 2017 10:41am PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Marti Noxon is speaking up about Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and the sexual harassment allegation surrounding him.
In a series of tweets on Friday, the television writer-producer — who formerly worked on the AMC drama as a senior consultant — described Weiner as an “emotional terrorist, who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met.” She added that “everyone at Mad Men, regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere.”
I’m shocked, shocked to learn that a guy who is talented at creating emotional situations that million of women will find worth watching tends to have strong emotions and is adept at manipulating others’ emotions in service to his emotions.
I mean, I can’t recall anybody calling me an “emotional terrorist,” but then I’m not really fascinated enough with emotions to even watch more than six hours of Mad Men, much less create it and be its showrunner.
Noxon’s tweets come a week after former Mad Men assistant-turned-writer Kater Gordon came out and accused Weiner of sexual harassment. Gordon told The Information that while writing late on the series one night, Weiner said to her that she owed it to him to see her naked. …
[Noxon says,] “Responding to her statement, Matt claimed he would never make that kind of comment to a colleague. But anyone with an even cursory knowledge of the show Mad Men could imagine that very line coming from the mouth of Pete Campbell.”
So, you are saying that Mad Men, a show about the Bad Old Sexist Days when guys with names like Pete Campbell had all the really good jobs, is actually Matthew Weiner projecting himself into his characters?
Uh, okay. So why is this so unexpected? Or maybe Weiner was trying out a line of Pete Campbell dialogue? Or something …
Gordon’s claims have also upended Weiner’s press tour for his debut novel, Heather, the Totality. Roughly a third of the previously scheduled book events have been canceled — including stops in Seattle, D.C. and Los Angeles — and there have been awkward moments at some of the ones that have gone on as planned. When the harassment allegations came up at one, Weiner reportedly told the audience that the claims were “simply not true,” and then deflected to his involvement with Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and Mad Men’s feminist themes.
Rather like Harvey Weinstein’s fight against the NRA …