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Say What?! Ashton Kutcher 'Will Stop Tweeting'
By MEG SWERTLOW
November 10, 2011
Maybe we should just call him Bonehead Kutcher from now on? On Wednesday, Ashton tweeted his displeasure after finding out that longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had been fired. The Two and a Half Men star tweeted, "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste." Unfortunately, Ashton didn't seem to have all the facts -- like just the teeny tiny tidbit that Paterno was fired amid a child-abuse sex scandal after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged last weekend with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children. Yeah, kind of a big oversight on Ashton's part. This week's outrage-causing tweet, piggy backed on his bonehead move of tweeting "greatest day of the year" on 9/11 for the start of football season, has led Kutcher to now say he will stop tweeting himself.
"As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again," he wrote on Wednesday night.
"While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans I've come to realize that it has grown into more that a fun tool to communicate with people," he wrote. "While I will continue to express myself through @Aplusk I'm going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst Media to ensure the quality of it's content."
What's Twitter without the Twitter king????
About 30 minutes after the tweet Ashton deleted the original pro-Paterno tweet and wrote, "Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn’t have full
story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes." He also added, "As an advocate in the fight against
child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all
involved in the Penn St. case." However, the damage was already done (the Internet never goes away even when you delete tweets!) and Ashton was skewered on the Internet for being an "ignorant," an "idiot" and other less flattering words.
Tweeting without all the info is not a smart move, Ash. But let's be honest people, Ashton Kutcher is not known for his agile mind or his shrewd intelligence -- he's a super hot dude who has made for a name for himself by perfecting the lovable dumb guy character. What do you expect!? And audiences (and Demi Moore) dig it. So maybe giving his Twitter handle, which has over 8 million followers, over to bigger brains is his smartest idea to date. Although I must play devil's advocate, wasn't Ashton the star who started the celebrities-on-Twitter phenomenon? His embracing the medium and being an advocate of personally connecting with fans via the social network brought the then-fledgling Twitter to new heights and put Kutcher back to prominence. Is Mr. Demi Moore now biting the hand that fed him? Or did Kutcher create a Twitter monster that eventually turned on him?