The essential appeal of the Don Draper character on Mad Men--as
many have pointed out--is that he knows how to keep a secret. Actor Jon
Hamm, apparently, does not. How else to explain his appearance
on HBO's Real Time last week, in which the basic cable icon--in
response to a question from host Bill Maher--said that conservative
leaders like Newt Gingrich further the Tea Party movement's "secret agenda" by
speaking in racially-divisive "code." How dare a celebrity voice a
political opinion on a political talk show? Voices around the righty
blogosphere were quick to chastise Hamm:
Stale Hamm's comments
are indicative of the foot-in-mouth moments one generally sees from the
celebrity guests on Maher's show, observes Reason's Michael
Moynihan. "While Maher can be entertaining and occasionally let
loose a heterodox political opinion," writes Moynihan, "his celebrity
guests are almost always working off the same, very predictable script."
New Role Jon Hamm is no longer cool enough to play Don Draper, declared
conservative blog The
Other McCain. He deserves to be stuck in awful costume dramas,
forever. "Anyone else want to see Jon Hamm in a wig, playing some bitchy
member of the British Parliament circa 1774 or so, railing about these
obnoxious pamphleteers in the Colonies?"
Not a Surprise At Andrew
Hollywood blog, disappointment ruled the day. The link to Hamm's
comments came billed as "something that would shock none of you and
disappoint many of you."
Tone Deaf Hamm's appearance was
"ham-handed," writes Pajamas Media blogger Ed
Driscoll. Despite the fact one of the running jokes in Mad Men
concerns "how many moments in history [the characters] keep getting
wrong, as the events of their times unfold around them" Hamm's remarks
prove that viewers shouldn't "expect the people who create the show to
have any more clairvoyance about the times that they inhabit."
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