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After Discovering the Kardashians, Chinese Dissident Pleads Not to Be Sent to U.S.

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident at the heart of a diplomatic crisis between China and the United States, told Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and U.S. officials that after discovering “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on TV, he had changed his mind about asking for asylum in the United States and would prefer staying in China, even if it means enduring a lifetime of jail and torture.

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Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng says even only listening to "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" was worse than any torture he endured in prison.

Although Guangcheng is blind and has never actually seen “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” he said it was enough that he had listened to the show during his six-day stay at the U.S. Embassy in China after escaping his house arrest that followed four years in prison.

“During all my years of captivity, I was never subjected to anything that even remotely approached the level of human depravity that I was forced to endure while listening to the inanity of those people,” Cuangcheng said, explaining that he was exposed to the Kardashians when several embassy workers spent an entire day watching a “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” marathon, subjecting him to it.  “I never imagined anything that annoying could actually exist.”

Although Secretary Clinton and U.S. officials are angry about Guangcheng’s changing his mind about coming to the U.S., one person who thinks the dissident made the right decision is “Mad Men’s” John Hamm, who recently made news after referring to Kim Kardashian by saying “being an idiot is rewarded in this culture.”

“That’s the smartest thing he could’ve done,” Hamm told Hollywood & Swine.  “Trust me, as soon as ‘Mad Men’ is off the air, I’m considering asking for asylum in China just so I can get away from Kim Kardashian.”