This week I look two whole days into the future, to this Sunday’s Emmy awards. My prediction: this year’s Emmy for best drama will go to… “Mad Men.” You heard it here first, folks. Well, actually, you didn’t. It was also on the cover of “Duh” magazine.
The popularity of “Mad Men” has already inspired several trends, as viewers have started drinking, smoking and neglecting their children. But it’s also inspired a trend that’s not so positive: people trying to dress like “Mad Men” characters. We’ve seen this kind of thing before. Remember when Lance Armstrong first came on the scene? This was the unfortunate result. And what about all the sad Rolling Stones fans who try to look like Mick Jagger? Pathetic.
But this trend of dressing up like “Mad Men” characters is even worse — and here’s why. The thing we like about “Mad Men” is that it’s a period show. If we all start dressing like “Mad Men,” it won’t be period anymore. The same thing happened in the ’70s, when everyone started dressing like “Happy Days,” which was set in the ’50s.
This led to confusion about what decade we were actually living in, so that by the ‘80s, we elected a movie star from the ’40s. So let’s not let history repeat itself. If you feel compelled to dress like a TV character, how about these?
Crockett and Tubbs.
Okay, not Alf — he was naked. Now, I know what you’re saying — you want to dress like Don Draper because of his timeless elegance and cool. Well, if it’s timeless elegance and cool you’re after, there’s another TV character you could dress like. Classic.