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Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Matthew Weiner's #MeToo episode of The Romanoffs was depressing and unnecessary
Last week's episode was clearly in response to former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon's sexual harassment allegation against Weiner. As Matt Zoller Seitz explains, "It’s depressing to watch The Romanoffs obliquely address the Gordon–Weiner situation after having watched Mad Men deal in similar material over the course of seven seasons in much richer and more imaginative ways, weaving psychology, sociology, history, and pop-culture into the mix, creating a series of dramatically charged confrontations that never resolved themselves in a simplistic way. The worst part of it is that The Romanoffs seems spineless in comparison, retreating into 'we can never really know what happened' hand-waving, and encouraging us to sympathize with the poor man who only wants to be 'the key that unlocks the mystery of talent,' in another parent’s words — and a man whose life was nearly 'ruined' by scurrilous talk, unbeknownst to him." ALSO: “Bright and High Circle" doesn't seem compelled to imagine what it’s like to be on the receiving end of unwanted advances.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Matthew Weiner fails in his attempt to tackle #MeToo on The Romanoffs
It was hard to ignore that this week's episode, dealing with a sexual misconduct allegation, was co-written by Weiner, who was last year accused of sexually harassing Mad Men writer Kater Gordon.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Ex-Mad Men writer Kater Gordon responds to Matthew Weiner saying he didn't recall her allegation of sexual harassment
"My memory is intact," she tweeted in response to Weiner's recent comments to Vanity Fair. "Matthew’s abuse of workplace power dynamics was rampant, and the comments he made should not be viewed as an isolated occurrence."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
Matthew Weiner says he doesn't remember allegedly sexually harassing former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon
Source: Vanity Fair
"I really don't remember saying that," Weiner tells Vanity Fair's Joy Press in a profile in advance of his new Amazon series The Romanoffs. "I'm not hedging to say it’s not impossible that I said that, but I really don’t remember saying it." Days later when asked about his comment, Weiner said: “I can’t see a scenario where I would say that,” adding: “I never felt that way and I never acted that way towards Kater.” Asked to respond to Weiner's comment, Gordon said via email: “That was not an isolated incident, but it was the most affecting.” In the article, Weiner also said he would reach out to former colleagues to see if their memories squared with his, and to apologize if necessary. Yet Weiner appeared to contradict himself by saying he hasn't spoken to Gordon since she made her allegation last year. ALSO: Does it make sense that Weiner created a show about workplace power structures while allegedly perpetuating some of those imbalances in the workplace?
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Revisiting Mad Men in the #MeToo era
Source: The Boston Globe
“Of all the new and old TV shows that have addressed inequality and sexual misconduct in the workplace, along with that great co-conspirator, toxic masculinity, Mad Men is the best,” says Matthew Gilbert. “The drama took on all kinds of big themes in its seven seasons — identity and personal history, advertising and human nature — but none so much as the bane and insidiousness of sexism. It showed us a more naked version of the gender bigotry that has continued to undermine work culture a half-century later.” He adds: “It’s darkly ironic, of course, that Mad Men revolves so consistently and intelligently around these issues, and yet its creator, Matthew Weiner, has been accused by former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon of sexually harassing her.”
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 6:12AM EST
Matthew Weiner admitted to being a “demanding boss,” but denied ex-writer’s sexual harassment allegation in an interview with Jenji Kohan
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Orange Is the New Black creator interviewed the Mad Men creator hours after her sister-in-law, former Mad Men consulting producer Marti Noxon, called him an “emotional terrorist” and backed Kater Gordon’s sexual harassment allegation against him. Weiner once again denied Gordon’s accusation, but added: “I will say this, I have hired dozens of women over the years and dozens of people, and I am a demanding boss. Especially in the early years, it was very hard to do it. I had a lot of stress — and you know this — it’s very lonely…I got better at it for sure.”
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 1:22PM EST
Marti Noxon backs Matthew Weiner's sexual harassment accuser, calls him an “emotional terrorist” behind the scenes of Mad Men
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Noxon, the prominent producer who served as a consulting producer on Mad Men, is corroborating ex-writer Kater Gordon’s sexual harassment allegation. "I believe her," Noxon wrote in a series of tweets this morning. "I was at work with her the day after what she described transpired. I remember clearly how shaken and subdued Kater was — and continued to be from that day on. 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." Noxon compared Weiner to an ”emotional terrorist, who badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met… Everyone at Mad Men, regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere."
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 7:14AM EST
Matthew Weiner’s book tour has had three cancelations in the past week, but his talk tonight with Jenji Kohan is still on
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Mad Men creator’s book tour promoting Heather, The Totality has become marred by the sexual harassment allegation from his former writer Kater Gordon. Over the past week, appearances have been canceled or a host has pulled out in reaction to the accusation. Still, Orange is the New Black creator Kohan is set to interview Weiner tonight at Chevalier's bookstore in Los Angeles, and a bookstore employee tells The Hollywood Reporter it is scheduled to proceed as planned. ALSO: Jenna Fischer’s new book, released Tuesday, features a Weiner endorsement prominently displayed on the cover.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Matthew Weiner denied Mad Men sexual harassment allegation while promoting his new book in the San Francisco Bay Area
Source: Marin Independent Journal
Weiner’s speaking engagement in Marin County on Tuesday night carried on as planned, five days after former writer Kater Gordon accused him of sexual harassment. Promoting his new novel, Heather, The Totality, Weiner first had to answer a question about the controversy. “It’s a baseless accusation,” Weiner said. “Sexual harassment is a very serious issue and the focus of my work and career during (the production of) 92 hours of Mad Men. People who know me know it’s a very important issue to me, and that I’m not like that — it’s not me.” Weiner added: "This is an incredible moment (in history). I take it very seriously — it’s a conversation that needed to be had.”
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 8:15PM EST
Until recently Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner was working with Harvey Weinstein and Roy Price on his new Amazon show The Romanoffs
As Matt Wilstein points out, the “craziest part” of the sexual harassment allegation against Weiner from writer Kater Gordon is that his upcoming show The Romanoffs was, until recently, produced by Harvey Weinstein via The Weinstein Company and was greenlighted by former Amazon Studios chief Roy Price. Weinstein and Price were, of course, taken down by sexual harassment accusations.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 6:08PM EST
Mad Men writer who won an Emmy with creator Matthew Weiner is accusing him of sexual harassment
Kater Gordon, who won an Emmy with Weiner in 2009 for co-writing the episode "Meditations In An Emergency," alleges in an interview with The Information that Weiner said she owed it to him to let him see her naked one night while they were working late. Gordon says she tried to brush off the comments, as she thought that confronting him would be a “lose-lose situation” that would “end her career.” “I knew immediately when he crossed the boundary that it was wrong,” Gordon tells The Information. “But I didn’t know then what my options were." A year after her Emmy win, Gordon was let go from Mad Men. Asked to comment, a spokesperson for Weiner issued the following statement. “Mr. Weiner spent eight to ten hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writers assistant. He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.” ALSO: Gawker asked in 2009: "Why Did Matthew Weiner Fire Mad Men's Kater Gordon?"