Hamm Fisted

I’ve never seen an episode Mad Men. I can’t recall seeing Jon Hamm act in anything, but I am a recent fan. This past month Jon Hamm was quoted in an Elle UK interview as saying,

“We’re at a place where the idea of being ‘elite’ is somehow considered a negative.

“Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated.

“Being a fucking idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re rewarded significantly. And incuriousness has become cool… It’s celebrated. It doesn’t make sense to me.”

Bravo, Mister Hamm for speaking your mind and speaking the truth.

A few days after the quote was made public, as is to prove his point, Kim Kardashian tweeted this,

“We’re all working hard and we all have to respect one another. Calling someone who runs their own businesses, is a part of a successful TV show, produces, writes, designs, and creates, ‘stupid,’ is in my opinion careless.”

Apparently, Ms. Kardashian isn’t aware that, in a free country you don’t HAVE to respect anyone you don’t want to respect or that working hard and being intelligent do not necessarily go hand in hand.

Oh, but the drama is not yet over. When pressed, Hamm did not back down from his original statement. On a recent Today show appearance, Hamm responded to Matt Lauer’s bringing up Kardashian’s rebuttal to his comments thusly,

“I don’t think they were careless; I think they were accurate, It’s a part of our culture that I certainly don’t identify with, and I don’t really understand the appeal of it other than in a sort of car crash sensibility, and it’s not something that I partake in or enjoy, but it is what it is, and here we are.”

Again, Bravo to Mister Hamm for not backing down from his opinion just because someone took offense.

I may never see Jon Hamm in an acting role, but I will remain a fan if he continues telling it like it is and battling against the celebration of ignorance in American society.

Ironically, Paris Hilton wisely chose to keep her mouth shut on the matter.

*Note- All puns were intended.

11 responses to “Hamm Fisted

  1. There does seem to be a disconnect lately about whether or not everyone has to agree with you (see Kirk Cameron’s anger at people not liking his “homosexuality is unnatural” rant). You don’t have to like everyone’s comments, but sometimes you do just have to suck it up and move on.

    Jon Hamm has the added advantage that aside of being candid, he’s also really pretty.

  2. Well, it seems as if one more has been added to the few celebrities I can honestly say I admire, up there with Chris Eccleston and Dave Tennant. Kudos for Hamm standing up to the idiocracy that is popular culture. ;-)

    • I love that you used the word idiocracy. I loved the movie of the same name. Though it seems that this is not a new phenomenon.

      “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
      ― Isaac Asimov

  3. I liked that HE DID NOT CAVE JUST TO BE SOCIALLY “CORRECT.” I don’t think he was directly calling Kim stupid (but maybe!), but more calling the materialism and image-focused craziness that she willingly represents stupid.

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