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Christina Hendricks Explains Mad Men's Controversial Sex Deal!

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Two Sundays ago, Mad Men dealt a scandalous sex card that shocked and polarized fans.

Some of you thought like Pete: Seize the day! When opportunity knocks, answer it. But some of you felt like Don: Sex is NOT the appropriate way to land a client! Nothing is worth Joan's dignity.

So when Joan agreed to give her body to a slimy Jaguar dealer in return for a partnership and the satisfaction of knowing she scored the job for 'em, Twitter went NUTS!

Were they trying to say women can only sleep their way to the top? Or were they merely reflecting the truths of the time period? Was Joan taking advantage of the best deal for her self and her family? Or did the empowering empress lose some of her cred??

Christina Hendricks tells The Hollywood Reporter of her character's shocking twist:

"The question is, what would you do to protect your family? Joan is raising her son all on her own. She has no help from anybody. So is it noble? Is it slutty? I don't know."

Well either way, Joan did it!! And she ended up pretty much set for life. …but she did it with her body, which is still pissing A LOT of people off.

As we always say, to each their own! Some place high moral standards on their body while others view the utilization of it as a talent in its own. And both are personal decisions.

But what seems most bothersome about Joan's particular trade is how she clearly didn't feel in control. Doing something she's not comfortable with isn't true to the Queen we know.

Still, it was her decision. She was aware of everything that would come with it: a partnership, money, potential shame. And she agreed.

While it's true the knowledge of Don's opposing stance could have moved her in the other direction, that can be unsettling as well. Because again, don't we know a woman who doesn't let anyone influence her personal decisions??

Guess that's what makes Mad Men so great. They show their larger-than-life characters with all the real-life complexities of our world. And watching them deal with it is the best part!!

[Image courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.]

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5 comments to “Christina Hendricks Explains Mad Men's Controversial Sex Deal!”

  1. isfdn says – reply to this


    Oy vey. People need to learn how to separate fantasy and reality.It's a show in which there is a sex scandal every other episode, get over it.

  2. 2

    It was a great opportunity for Joan.
    She's set for a long time.
    Saves sleeping with LOTS of men for a just a dinner at 21, Le Pavillion, La Caravelle, Lutèce or La Côte Basque…all great restaurants at the time.
    I went to them all.
    Joan would have ZERO shame about the act.
    It was the 60's, just like Samantha in SexITC.
    People should use what opportunities they have.
    Everyone has different gifts.

  3. fid says – reply to this


    The whole point of the episode was to show the juxtoposition between the 2 female lead characters. Joan, who is more voluptuous and feminine (even though fiercely tough and smart) is viewed one way and there is Peggy, who dresses more masculine and drinks and swears and all around is more of a masculine female entity. I thought it was a great episode and felt sorry that Joan ended up doing it. Would any employer EVER ask a woman to do this now? Never.

  4. Jham says – reply to this


    Well said Perez . . .

  5. LillySawko says – reply to this


    Ugh. Why is it so controversial? Isn't Mad Men a "period" show? There was a time when that behavior wasn't unheard of. Hell, people are still doing it. They weren't trying to say that it was okay to do that, they were telling that character's story in the most honest, real way they could while remaining true to the storyline. It's television, guys.