Murphy Brown, Dan Quayle and Damage (Erotic 90’s, Part 7)

Murphy Brown, Dan Quayle and Damage (Erotic 90’s, Part 7)

Murphy Brown, Dan Quayle and Damage (Erotic 90’s, Part 7)

You Must Remember This - May 9, 2023 - 1:22:06

In the early 90s, one of the biggest scripted shows on TV was Murphy Brown, starring 40-something Candice Bergen as a product of the 60s whose high-powered career precluded marriage and family. When the character became a single mother, and was criticized for it by vice president Dan Quayle, a massive conversation about “family values” began that would change the culture – and, arguably, American politics. Off-screen, Bergen was married to French filmmaker Louis Malle. While his wife was in the middle of the “family values” maelstrom, Malle was making Damage, one of the most sexually intense films of the 90s, and one which used sexuality to explicitly critique the hypocrisy of politicians.

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