Jon Hamm on His Hometown Ferguson: 'It's Rough to Watch'
By Antoinette Bueno
Though plenty of celebs have reacted to the civil unrest currently going on in Ferguson, Missouri that followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed citizen, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer, for Jon Hamm it particularly hits home given that he calls Ferguson his hometown.
"I don't think it's easy for anybody to watch that play out. I mean we've seen it in cities around the world," Hamm told reporters when he was chosen to throw out the first pitch at the Cardinals-Cincinnati Reds game Monday. "We've seen it in Los Angeles, we've seen it in New York and it's difficult to watch because it's my hometown. And the only thing I can really say about it is that I hope that people…that cooler heads prevail."
"You've seen the community clean up after the looting and really pitch together. And they have a legitimate reason to protest and they're exercising their right to do that and so hopefully the end will ... hopefully people will come through it stronger," he added.
Hamm has a closer connection to his hometown than most as a result of his upbringing -- he was practically raised by the community given that his parents divorced when he was two years old, his mother died of cancer when he was 10, and his father passed away of diabetes when he was in college.
"It's like anything. You need a set of parents. It doesn't necessarily mean they had to be the ones to have you, or raised, you, but it is what it is," Hamm said about his "three sets of surrogate parents.” "I'm 43 years old, and I still feel like I have three moms.''
But Hamm made it clear that he has an unwavering faith in his community.
"People in St. Louis, from my experience, are great people,'' Hamm said. "If anybody can deal with this, we can. I hope everybody pulls together for the sake of the community. Really, that's all you got, at the end of the day.''