Jon Hamm, perhaps the most famous graduate of the The Olde St. Louie Dinner Theater Academy of Dramatic Arts, returned to his hometown last night to throw out the first pitch at a Cardinals game (it was also Bobblehead night).
After the game, a sly reporter from august People Magazine asked Hamm not about his hair or his manliness or about the bobblehead in his likeness, but what he thought about the events in Ferguson, where there is currently a police brutality crisis, and which is near where Hamm was reared as a young man-child.
Hamm had some things to say, for better or for worse.
Hamm told reporters that the situation in Ferguson is "rough to watch," and added: "It's a bad situation all around. There's no positive spin to it. When all the facts come out, and hopefully all the light is shone on all sides of it, hopefully justice will be carried out.
"But it's hard. It's really hard," he said. "That's my neighborhood, and I know there's a lot more good people in those neighborhoods than there are bad people."
"St. Louis has had a rough couple of decades now. It'd be nice to turn it around a little bit. People in St. Louis, in my experience, are great people. If anybody can do it, we can, and I hope everybody pulls together for the sake of the community. 'Cause, you know, that's all you've got at the end of the day."
Nice thoughts, Jon Hamm. Thank you for sharing them with the national media.
There are a surprising number of celebrities who have connections to the great state of Missouri. One wonders why more of them haven't made statements like brave Jon Hamm. Brad Pitt? Sheryl Crow? Evan Peters? The ghosts of Maya Angelou or T.S. Eliot? Jonathan Franzen? Karlie Kloss? Dick Van Dyke? Cedric the Entertainer? Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin? Miss USA 2004 Shandi Finnessey? Mentalist/illusionist Morgan Strebler? Hello? Hello? If you would like to share your thoughts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.