March 14th, 2012
04:03 PM ET
Kim Kardashian didn't take kindly to Jon Hamm's assertion that she's among those who are celebrated for being stupid, but the "Mad Men" actor says his remarks in a recent interview weren't a personal attack.
In the April issue of Elle UK, Hamm said that when it comes to celebrities like Kardashian and Paris Hilton, "stupidity is certainly being celebrated," as "being a f*****g idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture."
When Kardashian got wind of what he said, she tweeted that she found it to be "careless" commentary.
But Hamm said at PaleyFest Tuesday that he's surprised anyone paid attention to his statements at all.
The "Kardashian thing," he said to The Hollywood Reporter, "that's its own animal...We live in a world now where every word is micro-parsed and sometimes taken out of context, sometimes misunderstood. But also, there's a lot of outlets now. Everyone has a blog or a cable news show or an online presence or something. There's a lot of outlets and those outlets need to be fed."
He added to E! News that he was just commenting on culture as a whole.
"I don't know Ms. Kardashian, I know her public persona," the actor said. "What I said was meant to be more on pervasiveness of something in our culture, not personal, but she took offense to it and that is her right."
The fifth season of "Mad Men" will kick off on AMC March 25.
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