×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tagg Romney Slams “Lib Media” for “Mad Men” Reference to Grandfather

Tagg Romney took to Twitter to object to a one-line reference on “Mad Men” on Sunday, in which political operative and Betty Draper’s husband Henry Francis calls George Romney a “clown.”

The younger Romney wrote, “Seriously, lib media mocking my dead grandpa? @aburnspolitico: ‘Well, tell [him] not going to Michigan. Because Romney’s a clown’

“George Romney was as good a man I’ve ever known. Inspirational leader, worked for civil rights, promoted freedom. We need more like him”

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner is from the Hollywood left, as was apparent with his appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The episode is set in 1966, and Francis, an aide to then-New York Mayor John Lindsay, takes a call in which he refuses to have his boss appear with Romney. “Romney’s a clown and I don’t want him standing next to him,” he says.

George Romney was governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. At the time when the “Mad Men” episode was set, he was a rising star from the GOP’s liberal-moderate wing, but so too was Lindsay, having just taken office. Yet at the time, Romney had distanced himself from the GOP’s conservative wing, having refused to campaign with presidential nominee Barry Goldwater in 1964.

The idea that Romney and Lindsay would be rivals in the party’s liberal wing (now all but extinct) is not so far fetched. But certainly the reference, coming in the midst of an election year in which his son is the GOP front runner, is somewhat gratuitous.

More Voices

  • Contract Placeholder Business

    WGA, Agents Face Tough Issues on New Franchise Pact (Column)

    The Writers Guild of America and the major talent agencies are seven weeks away from a deadline that could force film and TV writers to choose between their agents and their union. This is a battle that has been brewing for a year but few in the industry saw coming until a few weeks ago. [...]

  • FX Confronts Streaming Thanks to Disney

    Kicking and Screaming, FX Is Forced to Confront Future in the Stream (Column)

    During his network’s presentation at the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, FX chief John Landgraf made waves — and headlines — by mounting perhaps his most direct criticism yet of Netflix. Landgraf, whose briefings to the press tend to rely heavily on data about the volume of shows with which FX’s competitors flood the [...]

  • Longtime TV Editor Recalls Working for

    How a Bad Director Can Spoil the Show (Guest Column)

    I have been blessed with editing some of TV’s greatest shows, working with some of the industry’s greatest minds. “The Wonder Years,” “Arrested Development,” “The Office,” “Scrubs,” “Pushing Daisies” and, most recently, “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” I have earned an Emmy, ACE Eddie Awards, and many nominations. But whatever kudos I’ve received, over my [...]

  • Stock market Stock buyback

    Stock Buybacks Leave Firms Without Funds to Invest in Future (Column)

    Corporate giants on the S&P 500 have spent more than $720 billion during the past year on stock buybacks. Media and entertainment firms account for only a fraction of that spending, but even $1 million spent on share repurchases seems a foolhardy expenditure at this transformational moment for the industry. The record level of spending [...]

  • Hollywood Has Come Far With Diversity

    An Insider's Look at Hollywood's Diversity Efforts and How Far It Still Needs to Go

    I am a white man working in Hollywood. I grew up in Beverlywood, an all-white, predominantly Jewish, Los Angeles neighborhood sandwiched between 20th Century Fox Studios and MGM, where my elementary school had only one black student. I am compelled to write about diversity in Hollywood because “diversity” — in front of and behind the camera [...]

  • Venice Film Festival A Star is

    How Venice, Toronto and Telluride Festivals Stole Cannes' Luster (Column)

    In all the years I’ve been attending film festivals, I have never seen a lineup that looked as good on paper as Venice’s did this fall, boasting new films by Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Damien Chazelle (“First Man”), Paul Greengrass (“22 July”), Mike Leigh (“Peterloo”) and the Coen brothers (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”) in competition, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content