'Mad Men's Christina Hendricks Talks Pay Inequality In Hilarious Time-Traveling Clip — VIDEO
Chances are, if you've seen even one episode of Mad Men, you've wondered what it'd be like if the show's characters got a glimpse at modern times; how would the sexist Pete or the demanding Don feel about and female execs, smoking bans, and — gasp! — no minibars in the office? Funny or Die, though, went one step further, transporting Mad Men 's Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) into a 2014 workplace, and the results are just as hilarious as you'd expect.
First, there's the issue of a phone; is that Pop-Tart-shaped object in a co-worker's hand actually a device to communicate? Then, there's the typewriter that won't work (because it's a desktop computer), the lunch that no one else wants (because it's jello), the weird looks she gets from her neighbor when she lights up a cigarette (because she's smoking at a cubicle. What is this, 1968? Oh, wait...). Basically, all of Joan's actions are totally unfit for a modern workplace.
And apparently, that's the whole point. After an exasperated co-worker chastises Joan for acting like it's the '60s, the new employee sets her straight.
"Well, in the U.S, women make 23 percent less than their male counterparts," she begins. “Did you know that almost 70 percent of the minimum-wage workforce is female, but only 15 percent of our Fortune 500 CEOS are?"
"So," Joan finishes, “I figure if we’re going to run our businesses like it’s the 1960s, I’m going to act like it.”
It's easy to get distracted by the video's humor, but underneath the jokes is a political messages that deserves to be heard, the fight to end pay inequality is as relevant as ever, and while much of the sexism and inequality of Mad Men's time is in the past, some of it unfortunately lives on. The video isn't the first time Funny or Die's poked fun at pop culture while spreading an important message; in July, Kristen Bell took on Mary Poppins in a video that promoted an increased minimum wage, and in 2012, The West Wing cast reprised their roles in a PSA for walking.
But, of course, it is hard to ignore the humor. The Mad Men video is hilarious (I mean, Jell-O?! For lunch?!), and even when it's being serious, it still has fun. After Joan's message about inequality, she notes that her '60s behavior wasn't necessarily a plan.
"Or I could've had a stroke," she says, contemplative. "I smoke a lot."