Are you ready for the battle of the century? In one corner, we have Kim Kardashian, who thinks that acting stupid on television makes you a savvy business woman worthy of praise and emulation. In the other, we have Jon Hamm, who stands for craft, intellect, and good old fashioned book learnin’. Who will win this epic clash over America’s heart and brains?
Let’s back up a little. In a recent interview with Elle UK, Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm made himself even more perfect in many people’s eyes by taking a brave stand against the forces of idiocy. “Whether it’s Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated,” he observed. “Being a f**king idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re rewarded significantly. Incuriousness has become cool… It’s celebrated. It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Them’s fightin’ words, and also some very true ones. Why, even the president of the United States agrees.
Two weeks later, the quote finally set off her Google alert, and Kim Kardashian was not pleased. She responded, as only the smartest people do, via that medium of nuanced intellectual expression we call Twitter:
I just heard about the comment Jon Hamm made about me in an interview. 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
See, Jon Hamm? Kim Kardashian is not stupid at all! She knows how to use words and stuff. Except, wait…
Grammar and punctuation errors aside, was “careless” really the right word to use here? Here’s the Merriam-Webster definition for “careless”:
a : free from care : untroubled <careless days> b : indifferent, unconcerned <careless of the consequences>2: not taking care3
It would make sense if she was saying Jon Hamm was careless of her feelings, but she appears to be trying to use it to mean “without base” or “incorrect,” which is…not something that that word means. Ever. [tagbox tag="Kim Kardashian"]
And getting down to the meat of her argument, the whole reason Kim Kardashian is “part of a successful TV show” and “designs” (i.e. licenses out her name to) garish clothes made in sweat shops is because she is famous for 1.) fumbling the handling of certain sensitive materials such that they were released to the general public against her will, and 2.) saying dumb things on television. Even if she’s not actually stupid, she’s famous for acting stupid, which only serves to reinforce his point.
Jon Hamm and civilization 1, Kim Kardashian 0.