Update: After receiving a great deal of negative comments from his followers regarding his misguided tweet, Ashton Kutcher decided that the best way to ensure a mix up like this never happens again is to hand over the control of his Twitter account to his management team. The actor posted a full blown explanation on his blog, but here’s a small excerpt: “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. 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 its content.” This is going to make following his relationship status with Demi Moore much more difficult.
Earlier: If his recent affair hasn’t done enough to sully his public image, Ashton Kutcher really took it to the next level after tweeting that the firing of Penn State football coach, Joe Paterno, showed ‘no class’ and was an ‘insult’ to his legacy. Kutcher tweeted his outrage on the matter, saying, “How dare you fire Jo Pa? Insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.”
But the actor failed to get all the facts straight, and was unaware that Paterno was fired because he neglected to report a huge child abuse sex scandal regarding his assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky (who was recently charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing eight kids between 1996 and 2005), and Paterno apparently knew what Sandusky was doing and never bothered to contact the authorities about the situation. So, as expected, Kutcher’s declaration of support for the coach sent his 8.3 million Twitter followers into a fit of outrage, who quickly slammed him for his ignorance. One fan tweeted, “With 8 million followers, you MAY want to reserve your opinions until you know the whole story.”
Since then, the Hollywood star has removed his initial tweet and apologized for his grave mistake in judgment. He tweeted, “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case,” adding, “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.” A word to the wise — think before you tweet!
Here’s a screen shot of the original tweet, along with others, before they were taken down: