Ashton Kutcher Slammed After Tweeting Support for Joe Paterno; Later Apologizes
The university dismissed its president and Paterno in the wake of charges that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky raped a number of boys over a period of many years, and that his actions that were not properly addressed by school officials. Kutcher, apparently not realizing why Paterno was canned, dug himself into a big hole with his initial response to the news.
“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste,” the actor tweeted. As soon as he hit send, Kutcher was blasted by outraged Twitter responses expressing disgust with his position. “F*** you. [Paterno] covered up child rape you sick, geriatric f***” wrote one person. Another said, “Today’s lesson? @aplusk Think (get facts) before you tweet! #yikes.”
An avalanche of similar sentiments followed, leading Kutcher to delete his initial tweet and issue a series of explanations and apologies. “Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn’t have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes,” wrote the “Two and a Half Men” star.
Later, Kutcher added, “This is an insane story, I just heard paterno was fired, getting the rest of the story now… Wow.” Kutcher and Demi Moore have campaigned against child sex trafficking, and the actor expressed regret at having impulsively reacted to the Paterno firing without fully understanding what had happened.
He wrote, “As an advocate in the fight against child sex expatiation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case.” Kutcher then announced he’d be taking a hiatus from the Twitter platform he helped popularize. “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed,” he promised. “I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.” Wow. What do you think of Kutcher’s handling of this mess?