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“Mad Men” ad like 9/11 photo? Fuggedaboutit
New Yorkers on Reddit take issue with claims that a “Mad Men” ad is disrespectful to 9/11 survivors.
The campaign, which has been plastered on buildings and phone booths around New York, features an illustration of a businessman falling from the sky. The minimalist ad was inspired by the show’s title sequence, which features the same businessman falling from a skyscraper.
Redditors, on the other hand, don’t see any similarity.
AMC, the cable network which carries Mad Men, hasn’t responded to a request for comment. But that’s hardly necessary, since redditors are so ably arguing their case.
“As someone who was in Manhattan on 9/11 … Yes, it was horrible and yes, thinking about it bring back shitty memories but COME ON. This is an advertisement for a television show,” commented one.
Redditor loopy212—a New Yorker who bore witness to the events of September 11, 2001, pointed out that the attacks were a traumatic event for millions of Americans, and there’s no telling what will stir up horrific images from that day.
“Other people have talked about the sound, I remember the bouncing. I don’t know why that’s stuck with me, it never occurred to me until I saw it that people would bounce. That and the blood. I remember them scraping a woman off the building next to mine a few days later. People are going to see what they want to see and some people are going to be offended by anything.”
Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.