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Jon Hamm might understand the television and film sides of Hollywood's business, but he certainly doesn't understand the obsession with reality culture. The Mad Men star admits that the continued success of reality stars "doesn’t make any sense" to him.
"Being a f*cking idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture. You’re rewarded significantly," he says in a new interview in the April edition of Elle UK. "Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated."
Harsh words. And Hamm isn't the only one turned off by the reality celeb culture. In British GQ, Daniel Craig went on a tirade against reality television and the Kardashians while he was promoting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
"I think there's a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel," Craig said. "You can't buy it back. You can't buy your privacy back. Ooh, I want to be alone. 'F*ck 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?'"
He added, "It is a career; I'm not being cynical. And why wouldn't you? Look at the Kardashians, they're worth millions. Millions! I don't think they were that badly off to begin with, but now look at them. You see that and you think, 'What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f*cking idiot on television and then you'll pay me millions?' I'm not judging it."
But mom Kris Jenner has always firmly defended her children's work ethic. She argues that Kim, Khloe and Kourtney have been hard at work since age 13, and deserve all the wealth that they are now privy to.
"It's annoying when I hear, 'What do your girls do?' Well, first of all, all of my daughters have jobs. They are fashion stylists and designers; they own a chain of stores. They had the stores before they had the show," Jenner, 55, told Redbook in May 2011.