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Kim Kardashian would like Jon Hamm to be more of a gentleman. In the new issue of Elle UK, the Mad Men star rants about how the fame of reality stars "doesn't make any sense" to him -- and singles out Kardashian in particular, along with her childhood BFF Paris Hilton.
"Being a f*cking idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture. You’re rewarded significantly," says the six-time Emmy nominee. "Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated."
On Monday, Kardashian responded to Hamm's comments 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," the reality star tweeted. "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."
We wonder why Kim felt the need to defend herself to Jon Hamm. After all, she's been called dumb before -- not just by the bloggers who catalog her most cringe-worthy quotes, but by other celebrities. Elton John has called her a "stupid old tart," saying that "reality has killed talent." Kathy Griffin reported that Kim was "super stupid" after sitting next to her at a celebrity breakfast. And Daniel Craig, like Hamm, has referred to Kim as a "f*cking idiot."
Nevertheless, Kim decided that this was the time to speak out. And her response was both polite and essentially true; she is quite successful, and has a certain genius for marketing herself.
But we think it's important to note the context of Jon Hamm's quote. Though his language was harsh, he wasn't being a bully; he was complaining that the most successful women on TV aren't celebrated for their talent, but for their shamelessness in front of the cameras.
And it's true: playing sexy and dumb, whether you're Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton or Snooki, makes more headlines than being a hard-working professional. For example, which got Jessica Simpson more media attention: building an incredibly successful fashion empire, or confusing tuna with chicken? Is Kim Kardashian famous for being a self-made businesswoman -- or because she shares her every thought, however dumb, with the entire universe?
There's a reason Kim isn't rushing to get a PhD; it's because looking sexy is working out for her. Same with Snooki: if she could form a normal sentence, would she be nearly as quotable? These women may not be conventionally talented, but they also know how to get ahead in reality TV, which may be the smartest thing they can do. And that's really what Jon Hamm was talking about.
And while Kim's feelings may have been hurt, here's some consolation for the rest of us: Jon Hamm isn't interested celebrating beautiful women unless they're also smart. How awesome is that?