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Jon Hamm is uncomfortable, and not because of his tight pants. The Mad Men actor, whose crotch has recently developed an Internet following of its own, told Rolling Stone that he isn't thrilled about the attention.
"Most of it's tongue-in-cheek. But it is a little rude. It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have -- a prurience," said Hamm.
"They're called 'privates' for a reason," he continued. "I'm wearing pants, for f--k's sake. Lay off."
For quite a while now, eagle-eyed bloggers have been commenting on the prominent bulge in Hamm's pants. (It would appear, based on a few choice paparazzi photos, that he prefers to go commando.) His crotch began actually making headlines this month, when The New York Daily News reported that AMC was photoshopping Hamm's Mad Men promo shots to "make his privates more, well, private." The paper's source also claimed that producers were ordering Hamm to wear underwear during the show's upcoming sixth season, because his "impressive anatomy" was too "distracting" in those tight '60s pants.
"I mean, it's not like I'm a f--king lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world," Hamm acknowledged in Rolling Stone. "But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my c--k, I feel like that wasn't part of the deal. ... But whatever. I guess it's better than being called out for the opposite."
That Tumblr page he was talking about is here. You know, just in case you were wondering.
We sympathize with Hamm's frustration that his body is getting more attention than his acting career. You know who else probably sympathizes? Every actress who has ever worked in Hollywood.
Take Christina Hendricks, Hamm's Mad Men co-star. She's an amazing performer with three Emmy nominations. And what does everyone focus on? Her boobs. (Yes, they have their own Tumblr, too.) Seriously -- when was the last time you read a magazine article about Christina that wasn't entirely about her body?
Ditto for Lena Dunham. Or Sofia Vergara. Even though both of these actresses are smart, successful women on many fronts (Dunham as a writer-director-producer, Vergara as an entrepreneur), the conversation always comes back to their bodies.
Maybe it's not an exact comparison, but you have to admit, Hamm is complaining about something that female actors basically put up with every day. Fortunately for Jon, the attention is essentially positive and light-hearted. He should probably grin and bear it -- and if he needs lessons, Christina Hendricks is just a dressing room away.