Why Has Everyone From Kanye West To Camus Been Dubbed 'The New Don Draper'?

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Adam Gopnik’s recent essay on Albert Camus in The New Yorker said the French philosopher was “the Don Draper of existentialism.”Camus was attractive and had intellectual groupies falling at his feet, but really? Existentialism had a Don Draper?

Camus is not alone.

When President Obama joined Pinterest, he was immediately compared to Don Draper. When James Franco shot an ad for jeans, he was compared to Don Draper. At this point, if you are a public figure who hasn’t been likened to the Mad Man, it’s time to start worrying.

Here’s a list of 11 people who have been deemed “the Don Draper of …”

James Franco, actor

James Franco made commercials for Seven For All Mankind jeans last November.

That act of art directing greatness inspired the New York Observer headline, 'James Franco Now Don Draper, Basically.'

(Tongue-in-cheek but still counts).

John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives

Kanye West, rapper

Wall Street Cheats wrote an article with the headline, 'Is Kanye West the Modern Don Draper?'

No, no he is not.

But here's WSC's article saying why it thinks he might be.

(Apparently 'George Bush doesn't care about black people' would be ad copy gold).

William S. Burroughs, novelist and Beat Generation guru

The Seattle Post Intelligencer claims that 'There are a lot of weird parallels, or at least perpendiculars, between junkie hipster supreme William S. Burroughs (and/or his literary doppelganger William Lee), and Mad Men's Don Draper.'

Like ... they both had vices. (Don likes tobacco, alcohol, and women; Burroughs was a fan of pot, heroin, and men).

Nick Cave, Australian musician, most famous for being in the Bad Seeds

'With his tailored suits, gold rings, and bad-hombre mustache, he has become our most dapper weirdo, a Don Draper for people who don't get up before sunset.'

--The New Yorker

Kalle Lasn: Adbusters editor credited with starting Occupy Wall Street

Barack Obama, POTUS

In an article with the headline 'President Obama Channels His Inner 'Mad Men,'' PolicyMic writes:

'In a move that would make fictional advertising wiz Don Draper from AMC's Mad Men pale in comparison,' President Obama got a lady-magnet Pinterest account to woo disenfranchised women voters.

In other Obama/Draper news, Chris Matthews created an original version of the 'Mad Men' opening sequence in which Draper is replaced by a shadow figure of the President.

Watch the video below:

Former Goldman Sachs exec Greg Smith's resignation letter, 'Why I'm Leaving Goldman Sachs,' was strangely similar to another (fictional) resignation letter that was published in the New York Times: Don Draper's 'Why I'm Quitting Tobacco.'

Forbes, Yahoo, the New York Times, and The Wrap. Even Business Insider--the Don Draper of blogs--made the comparison.

Albert Camus, French author and philosopher

Adam Gopnik opened his New Yorker essay:

'The French novelist and philosopher Albert Camus was a terrifically good looking guy whom women fell for helplessly--the Don Draper of existentialism.'

Really? I mean, OK.

Fabio, male model

People Magazine did an entire spread comparing Fabio to John Hamm. Haunting.

Every single GOP 2012 candidate (past and present).

The New Republic created a hilarious test asking readers to guess who said the hedonistic quote: a 'Mad Men' character or a GOP presidential hopeful?

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