Jon Hamm Says for Kim Kardashian, Idiocy a 'Valuable Commodity'
"Mad Men" star sees culture in which “stupidity is certainly celebrated."
On AMC’s Mad Men, Donald Draper is the perfect storm of wealth, power and sex appeal. But the man behind the character says those things alone shouldn’t elevate someone to great public esteem.
In an interview with Elle UK, Mad Men star Jon Hamm had plenty to say on the subject of celebrity, The Huffington Post reports.
“Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated," said Hamm. "Being a f**king idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly."
He also expressed confusion over why some celebrities had become subjects of public fascination.
“Incuriousness has become cool… It’s celebrated. It doesn’t make sense to me,” Hamm said.
As star of a show which has won the Emmy for Best Drama Series four times, perhaps Hamm has room to talk. Oscar-nominee Jonah Hill certainly thinks so.
"The fact that the Kardashians could be more popular than a show like Mad Men is disgusting,” Hill told The Huffington Post in December. “It's super disgusting to be a part of that culture."
Even the First Family has an opinion in on the Kardashians. In October, First Lady Michelle Obama said the president does not like daughters Sasha and Malia to watch E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
"Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians -- when they watch that stuff -- he doesn't like that as much," said the first lady.
In defense of any Mad Men fans whom Hamm might be disappointed to learn have strayed to the realm of reality TV, the show hasn't aired a new episode in 17 months. But not to worry: Mad Men returns with the show's fifth season March 25.