Ashton Kutcher Posts Video on “Social Trust,” Says Media “Bastardize the Truth”
There’s been a tabloid frenzy over the couple ever since allegations broke that Kutcher had a hotel fling with a woman named Sara Leal. Now, in what he calls “a brief commentary on the status of integrity of media and literature,” the actor addresses how technology and social media have affected honesty in reporting.
“I just wanted to open up a little dialogue on the state of honesty, the state of truth,” Kutcher says in the Chime.in video. He goes on to say that, whereas publishers used to exercise “great scrutiny” over what they claimed to be authentic, that threshold has now been lowered along with the almost negligible cost of distributing media.
“We are our own editors, we are our own publishers, and we are our own printers. Therefore, people can bastardize the truth in any way, shape or form that they want and spread that around the world,” explains Kutcher. “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can leave someone’s lips.” At no point does Kutcher directly reference the Leal allegations or the status of his relationship with Moore.
Many observers point out that Kutcher doesn’t seem to be wearing a wedding ring in the video, and his reluctance to give any real “answers” to the questions swirling around him certainly won’t stop outlets from continuing to speculate about his private life. That said, what do you think about what Kutcher says about the bigger issues?