The gay character that Mad Men really needed was someone more like Cedric Hampton from Nancy Mitford's Love in a Ciold Climate. This guy is in the closet to be sure but uses that double life to his advantage. he has fun.
The interesting thing, I think anyway, is that North American reviewers were very hard on the character. Even in 1950s, North American literary types insisted that gay men be miserable. But gay men I know aren't and closeted gay men I know are not depressed. I'm sure some are but most are not.
Sal is such a depressing character because he stands for a type and he stands for a cause.
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