I have fallen in love with Mad Men ; the AMC series all over again, and also with a cigarette-smoking Bettie Francis aka January Jones(pictured: Harper’s Bazaar) rumoredly cast as Emma Frost in the new X-Men: First Class movie and current sex symbol Joan Holloway aka Christina Hendricks (also a smoker on the show) . These delectable women are pawns in a saga centered around a vicious, malevolent and chauvinistic and fictitious advertising agency called Sterling Cooper and frequently have to fling their legs up in the air for their dashing, also cigarette smoking and alcohol-at-work indulgent husbands and bosses. The clearly-pleasantly-debauched Mad Men is heavily censored when beamed on the public-free-to-air MBC4 television channel back home in the Middle East; the major cuts making for unfunny and confusing viewing . Now after 3 years since the show began (it is in it’s 4th season), I more than make do through uncut broadcasts thanks to the kind people at BBC iPlayer and Cast TV. The show strikes a chord with me due to the frequent public relations and advertising references, a world that I have become part of.
So my point to bring up Mad Men and my beautiful friend and Christina Hendricks and Lucky Strike?
But then again, aren’t there FCC guidelines on such things? I feel that even though the series is the ‘next best thing after the Sopranos on TV’, it should be targeted at a more mature audience. Is it a clever way to bypass the guidelines, this namedropping?
Product placement or not? Lucky Strike is puffing away in my mind, thanks to Dick Whitman aka Don Draper aka Jon Hamm and my sexy friend with the smoking habit.
And apologies for the more than a month long vacation from my blog, I had a dissertation to finish. 🙂