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    8/23/2010 4:55:53 PM Posted by Evan Gassman

    Mad MenDesperate Housewives star Kathryn Joosten is reportedly calling for a disclaimer to appear before the popular television show “Mad Men” airs. Why? The characters on Mad Men, a drama set in the 1960s, frequently smoke cigarettes to be true to the time.

    This situation is strangely similar to a story that broke earlier in the year where text books were censoring the cigar from Winston Churchill’s mouth. Political correctness was more important than historic accuracy – cigars and cigarettes are often airbrushed out of historic photos to avoid “offense.”

    The show Mad Men is a drama about a 1960s advertising firm in New York City. Lighting up a cigarette is a common occurrence on the show - only to stay true to the time period. The show does anything but glorify smoking. In the Mad Men pilot, the executives, sitting in a smoke-filled office, all started coughing, cigarettes in hand – an offhanded nod at the dangers of smoking, and how oblivious some were at the time.

    It is a sad commentary on the current state of our culture when history isn’t even safe from the ever-censoring PC crowd.


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