Newsweek’s 1960s Sexist Version of a Compliment

Mary Tyler Moore, the magazine said, was “the fantasy girl of the American dream … bright but not aggressive, wholesome but not puritanical, funny but not slapstick.”

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Jews, People with Moustaches, and People who Live in New York

“Our research says American audiences won’t tolerate divorce in a lead of a series any more than they will tolerate Jews, people with mustaches, and people who live in New York.” — CBS executives rejecting Mary Tyler Moore Show creators Jim Brooks’ and Allan Burns’ first proposal for the premise: that Moore play a divorced woman