Yup, that’s Roger Sterling (John Slattery) in blackface on last night’s episode of “Mad Men.” Why? Well, a bunch of rich white people went to the Hamptons for a Derby Day party, and when else are you gonna break out the blackface if not at a rich white people party in the Hamptons? (It’s a tradition that continues today, I believe.) Anyway, inexcusable racial insensitivity aside, Slattery has a lovely baritone. Suck on that, Al Jolson.
But that wasn’t all for the musical performances last night. Not only did Paul Kinsey and his drug-dealing friend from Princeton get high and relive their a cappella days, but Joan (Christina Hendricks) and her dickbag fiancé husband hosted a dinner party, and the dickbag pressured Joan into performing. “Play a little,” he said, and immediately every red-blooded male wanted to know what she played. The clarinet? The flute? Something phallic! Something she has to blow! Yeah, high-five!
It may look like an accordion, but it sounds like this.