Jon Hamm is tired of stories about Jon Hamm’s Hamm. In a preview of next month’s Rolling Stone profile, the “Mad Men” actor addresses the undue attention that his penis has received from the media. “Most of it’s tongue-in-cheek,” he told contributing editor Josh Eells. “But it is a little rude. It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have – a prurience.”
The “prurient” media has enjoyed speculating the size of Hamm’s penis for several years, egged on by the knowledge that the actor often goes commando under seemingly clingy pants. But after a particularly revealing photo of Hamm and girlfriend Jennifer Westfeldt walking down Madison Avenue went viral last year, Hamm’s distinctive bulge became a full-fledged Internet meme. In response to the photo, a “Mad Men” insider told the Huffington Post: “He doesn’t know this, but we used to have to airbrush it out of pics sometimes,” adding, “Jon is a big boy but sometimes it can be distracting.”
Like Angelina Jolie’s leg, or Steve Buscemi’s eyes, the Internet riffed off the joke and gave Hamm’s penis an identity of its own. Unlike a leg or eyes, however, jokes about genitalia can be a bit more intrusive:
“I’m wearing pants, for fuck’s sake. Lay off. I mean, it’s not like I’m a fucking lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world. But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my cock, I feel like that wasn’t part of the deal … But whatever. I guess it’s better than being called out for the opposite.”
Hamm will be “exposed” when the issue hits newsstands on March 29.