After sexual misconduct allegation, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner gets 'The Romanoffs' while survivor Kater Gordon gets fired
Kater Gordon, one of the writers of 'Mad Men,' accused Weiner of misconduct while they were working.
The creator of popular series 'Mad Men', Matthew Weiner, is one amongst 252 celebrities, politicians, CEO and others who have been accused of sexual misconduct since April 2017. Weiner hit the right nerve with his show as it disclosed the misconduct that took place in the 60s with women in the worklace and is supposedly about women empowerment. Weiner was publicly accused of sexual misconduct with a fellow writer of the show on November 9, 2017. How does one not see the irony in this situation?
Kater Gordon, one of the writers of 'Mad Men,' accused Weiner of misconduct while they were working. Gordon in an interview with The Information said that one night Weiner told her that she "owed it to him to let him see her naked."
Gordon said she froze at the moment and tried to "brush (the comments) off" and continued her work, considering it was a "lose-lose situation" to confront Weiner.
She says she didn’t report the comment officially because she was afraid of losing her job, and almost after a year, Gordon was let go from 'Mad Men'. Her firing took place two weeks after she received her Emmy.
“I had the Emmy, but instead of being able to use that as a launch pad for the rest of my career, it became an anchor, because I felt I had to answer to speculative stories in the press,” Gordon said.
To which Weiner's spokeswoman declined to comment but referred to a statement given previously to The Information. "Mr. Weiner spent eight to ten hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writers assistant," the statement said. "He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.”
Weiner is one of those people who never had to face any repercussions of being accused of sexual misconduct, but instead was offered 'The Romanoffs', an anthology series on Amazon.
If we are to consider the case of Harvey Weinstein, who was going to be the producer of 'The Romanoffs',and was accused of sexual abuse not by a single woman, but by 80. After being accused on October 11, 2017, Amazon severed all ties with The Weinstein company. Soon after Weinstein's allegations, Roy Price, one of the top executives of Amazon was accused of sexual harassment by made by a producer on the Amazon series 'Man in the High Castle'. Price was asked to give his resignation and never to come back.
Just when they thought everything was over, the #MeToo movement started gaining momentum, and which gave Gordon the courage to publicly name Weiner over his misconduct. However, Amazon never took any action over the allegation. One can only guess why an entertainment giant did not take any actions against a popular writer-director?
After the allegations against Weiner were made public and #MeToo was giving courage to women like Gordon to speak their truth, Weiner said, "#MeToo should change everyone’s perception about what’s tolerable and what is allowed” in terms of behavior.
"I’m a huge supporter of that," said Weiner, according to USA Today. He even cited his creation of such iconic 'Mad Men' characters as Peggy Olson and Joan Harris, who faced workplace hurdles that their male colleagues didn't in the 1960s period drama, as evidence he has been long aware of the challenges facing women. "That's of interest to me," he said.
Christina Hendricks, who was a part of 'Mad Men,' however, had a very lukewarm response to this movement and continued to work with Weiner. She is also the part of 'The Romanoffs'. Many people who were a part of 'Mad Men' are a part of 'The Romanoffs' and everyone just can't stop praising Weiner.
On the other hand we had Gal Gadot, who refused to work with the producer of the 'Wonder Woman' sequel, Brett Ratner, after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Gadot was asked about this and she said, "The truth is, there’s so many people involved in making this movie, it’s not just me, and they all echoed the same sentiments. Everyone knew what was the right thing to do."
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It seems like life has been going pretty much the same for Weiner even after the allegations. Unfortunately, the industry lost one of the good writers in the form of Gordon, who was just starting out. Gordon is now forming a nonprofit to help victims of sexual harassment called Moder Alliance. It aims to "Convene and connect" disparate organizations working to put an end to such behavior.
Gordon stuck to her accusation and said, "That was not an isolated incident, but it was the most affecting."