Jon Hamm Was Right About Kim Kardashian

When it comes to hardcore beefs in the entertainment industry, I'm not sure Jon Hamm's tiff with Kim Kardashian is going to go down in history next to, say, the infamous East Coast–West Coast rivalry of the 1990s. Still, I can't blame Hamm for what he said, and I'm not really sure why people are giving him such a hard time for it.

For one thing, he only spoke his opinion—which may have been unkind, but there's no Hollywood bylaw that prevents him from doing so. For another thing, he's hardly the first celebrity to publicly call out the Kardashians for their questionable contributions to reality television


If you haven't read the scintillating back-and-forth yet, Hamm recently shared his personal distaste with reality shows in an interview with Elle UK magazine:

Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a f---ing idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly.

Kim responded via Twitter with,

I respect Jon and I am a firm believer that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that not everyone takes the same path in life. 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.

Here's the thing: they're both right. You know, in the sense that they get to believe what they want.

Jon Hamm's an actor who's spent years working his ass off to land what's likely to be the biggest role of his career, and he probably finds it wildly frustrating that in comparison to Mad Men, a reality show that requires zero acting talent not only pulls in more viewership, it doesn't get delayed over network financial disputes.

Kim Kardashian's a reality superstar who's managed to leverage herself into a massively successful lifestyle brand—and if she's stupid, her fashion line, clothing stores, and countless endorsement deals seem to indicate she's stupid like a fox.

I suspect Hamm is singling out Paris Hilton and the Kardashians for the entire trend of bad-behavior reality TV culture that's become so popular in recent years, and in general I agree with him: we do reward shows like Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, and The Real Housewives of Wherever with inexplicable devotion.

Regarding Kim's response, well, I'm sorry to say that she's wrong—no one HAS to respect her or her work. In fact, she hardly practices what she preaches, remember when she "respected" breastfeeding mothers?

EWW Im at lunch,the woman at the table next 2 me is breast feeding her baby w no coverup

As for Hamm's comments, I'm a little surprised they're getting so much attention. After all, last November, Daniel Craig was even harsher on the Kardashian Kulture when he told UK GQ magazine,

Look at the Kardashians, they're worth millions. You see that and you think, 'What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f---ing idiot on television and then you'll pay me millions?' I think there's a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel. ... It's not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for. But if you sell it off, it's gone. You can't buy it back — you can't buy your privacy back. 'Ooh I want to be alone.' F--- you. We've been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta and now you want some privacy?

Just a couple months ago, Oscar nominee Jonah Hill called the family a “super disgusting” part of our culture:

The truth of it is, I have friends who work in TV and the Kardashians get higher ratings than their TV shows. Shows that people actually work hard on -- writing and creating and trying to tell stories.

It may be that Hollywood's comments against the Kardashians are rude and uncalled for, but they're hardly surprising. In an cutthroat industry where creativity has been overshadowed by cheap-to-produce reality programming, of course some are going to resent the royal family of this trend. Kim may be praised for having taken the high road with her response to Hamm, but if, as she said, everyone's entitled to their own opinion ... well, what exactly was "careless" about his criticism?

Team Jon Hamm or Team Kardashian?

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