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Jon Hamm gets cooler every day. The formerly quiet “Mad Men” star has taken it upon himself to lambast airheaded celebrities.
Hamm, best known as ad wiz Don Draper from AMC’s hit drama “Mad Men,” recently gave an interview for ELLE UK in which he blasted Hollywood idiocy and America’s obsession with it. He had the following to say about modern stardom:
“Whether it’s Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a f-cking idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re rewarded significantly.”
Unlike Hilton and Kardashian, Hamm made a name for himself by merit of his acting skills. While it can be argued that both Hilton and Kardashian are actresses (if you consider reality TV and sex tapes “acting”) both celebs are more known for being “celebrities” than for any particular skill set.
According to Hamm, it “doesn’t make any sense” that reality stars are able to start successful businesses. It’s fitting that an actor who portrays an ad man would have something to say about the art of promotion. What would Don Draper think about using reality TV to sell a product? Would “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” or “One Night in Paris” be deemed part of a good marketing strategy in the early 60s?
One thing’s for certain: Hamm’s doing good work keeping his name in the headlines, creating buzz for “Mad Men.” The series kicks off season five on March 25.