Mad Men fans are abuzz about the premiere of the show’s new season on April 7, but it looks like the show’s sixth season isn’t the only thing people are excited about. It seems that the public also has a vast interest in what Don Draper has going on downstairs. The star of the show, Jon Hamm, has apparently been getting approached by underwear companies for endorsement deals, and they aren’t the only people making a fuss over his junk. It’s a strange situation, and Hamm isn’t pleased.
It all began when Hamm went commando while shooting scenes in tight pants. On set, the 42-year-old star was asked politely to put some underwear on, but not before companies like Fruit of the Loom and Jockey took notice of what he’s got going on. Both have come to Hamm asking him to endorse their undies.
Fruit of the Loom tried to appeal to Hamm by phrasing their request in a comical way. The company said, "We want people to be themselves. And if going Commando makes you happy, we say go for it. But in case you change your mind, we got you covered."
But Mad Men’s leading man isn't laughing. Recent hubbub around his privates has left him feeling uncomfortable and invaded on. Things got especially weird when he came across a Tumblr called “Jon Hamm’s Wang,” a blog specifically dedicated to his business. When asked by Rolling Stone what he thought of all this attention, Hamm replied candidly, “They're called 'privates' for a reason. I'm wearing pants, for f*ck's sake. Lay off. I mean, it's not like I'm a f*cking lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world. But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my c*ck, I feel like that wasn't part of the deal.”
Hamm certainly has a point here. Although we may have access to a lot, it is not fair for people to expect to know and see every single thing about their favorite stars. In this age of celebrity over-exposure it is easy for fans to get carried away and forget what’s appropriate. But the fact is that although he is famous and sexy, Hamm is still a person who deserves privacy and respect. Frankly, this kind of attention is not polite and shouldn't be allowed just because he’s Don Draper. I mean, a whole blog dedicated to one man’s you-know-what? That’s awkward.