TV star feud: Is Jon Hamm smarter than Kim Kardashian?
The "Mad Men" star recently ripped into Kim Kardashian for being, well, an idiot. "We're at a place where the idea of being 'elite' is somehow considered negative," Hamm said in an interview with Elle magazine. "Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated. Being a [naughty word] idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly."
Kardashian — who, it must be pointed out, once made a big deal of having her hindquarters X-rayed to prove she didn't have butt implants — was not amused. "I just heard about the comment Jon Hamm made about me in an interview," she wrote on Twitter. "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."
It's true that some of Kardashian's actions — including that notorious 72-day marriage — have brought waves of contempt upon her fetching head. So in that sense Hamm is just piling on. But most TV fans would have to admit that "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" ranks no lower on the programming IQ meter than much equally popular fare that passes without comment. And it's probably a good 10 or 20 IQ points higher than "Jersey Shore." How Hamm managed to blame Kardashian and not Snooki seems inexplicable.
Need we also mention that Season 5 of "Mad Men" is coming this month?
What do you think? Is Kim Kardashian a threat to civilization? Or is Jon Hamm just being a pretentious jerk?
— Scott Collins
Photo: Jon Hamm said that Kim Kardashian is celebrated for "stupidity." Credit: Danny Moloshok/Associated Press.