Jon Hamm on the Pop Culture Obsession With His Crotch: "They're Called 'Privates' for a Reason"

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    Actor Jon Hamm

    In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Jon Hamm is finally sounding off about the elephant in the room--the paparazzi fascination with shooting close ups of his crotch.

    The 42-year-old "Mad Men" star admits to being a little irked by the pics of his package, which not only give the impression he doesn't go in for undergarments, but has also spawned its own web memes.

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    "Most of it's tongue-in-cheek, but it is a little rude," he told the magazine (via Us Weekly). "It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have--a prurience."

    The touchy subject made headlines again last week after a New York Daily News story claimed he was asked to cover up his bulge with underwear while shooting the sixth season of his Emmy-winning AMC drama because of those stiff '60s suits he dons as Don Draper.

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    "They're called 'privates' for a reason," Hamm continued. "I'm wearing pants, for f--k's sake. Lay off."

    While the constant crotch talk isn't his cup of tea, the actor is trying not to let it go to his head, though he did call it a downside to fame.

    "I mean, it's not like I'm a f---king lead miner. There are harder jobs in the world," he said. "But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my c--k, I feel like that wasn't part of the deal."

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    Hamm did however admit that there could be worse things said about him.

    "But whatever, I guess it's better than being called out for the opposite," he added.

    Look at this way, Jon. At least people don't call you Fat Betty.

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