(THE FEDERALIST) -- “Mrs. America” promotes a number of outright falsehoods about Phyllis Schlafly, according to the late activist’s biographer. In a Monday interview with The Federalist, Donald Critchlow, the Katzin Family Professor at Arizona State University, described the show’s depiction of Schlafly as “deplorable.”
In 2005, Critchlow authored the biography “Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism” for Princeton University Press. Critchlow, who’s set to release “In Defense of Populism: Social Protest and Democratic Change” this fall, helped fact check a list of claims made in “Mrs. America,” the new six-episode series from FX and Hulu purporting to chronicle the fight over the Equal Rights Amendment.
From implications of racism to marriage troubles, the show’s distortions, you’ll notice, are all in the service of creating a more negative version of Schlafly. (That’s how Schlafly’s daughter anticipated “Mrs. America” would depict her mother in a Federalist Radio Hour podcast last month.)
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