The tides are turning in Hollywood as more and more men with a history of harassing and abusing their female colleagues are being outed. Recently Matthew Weiner, the creator of Mad Men, was accused of harassing Kater Gordon, who had started on the show as his personal assistant, worked her way up to the show's writing staff, only to be fired mysteriously after winning an Emmy. Oh, and also refusing to let him see her naked.
During the Mad Men era, it was no secret that the women on screen didn't have it great.
The show’s world was set on Madison Avenue in the 1960s, a time when a women weren’t valuable employees in the same way men were. They were more like typewriters that smiled at you in the morning and could fetch coffee.
Oh, and also they had boobs.
The writers certainly never shied away from depicting the very real and very bad treatment women received working alongside men in the 1960s. But behind the scenes, it turns out, one female writer was getting to experience some of this treatment first hand.
Writer Kater Gordon is spilling the beans about her sudden and mysterious departure from the Mad Men writing staff.
She’d worked her way up the ladder from Weiner’s personal assistant, to the show’s writer’s assistant, to a full time staff writer in her own right. A career path that’s certainly a dream for lots of hopeful Hollywood writers.
Gordon performed so well on staff, she even won an Emmy for her work.
Though people are now noticing the uncomfortable nature of their acceptance speech, in which Weiner jokes that “only one of us is allowed to speak.” Sure enough, Gordon never gets a word in edgewise on what was easily the biggest night of her career.
Gordon is now coming forward with the fully story: that Weiner had demanded to see her naked. And she refused.
“He told me that I owed it to him to let him see me naked,” she told The Information. Gordon dismissed the remark and continued working, but the repercussions of the incident were far from over.