April 1 apparently had Ashton Kutcher in the joking mood, but not everyone is laughing now.
The Academy of Country Music Awards aired on CBS that night and Kutcher made an unexpected, out-of-genre appearance in a Western get-up that looked like it’d be more at home on Woody the Cowboy. Kutcher coupled his derivative get-up with an off-key rendition of a George Straight song, but from what viewers could see from the cutaway to the crowd everyone enjoyed the Two and a Half Men star’s playful, little joke. Heck, Keith Urban looked downright delighted.
Kutcher followed up his little “homage” to country music by presenting Female Vocalist of the Year to country darling Miranda Lambert and while she was all smiles at the time, she’s since started spewing a little verbal gunpowder and lead. The Country Queen of 2012 tweeted, “Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me? Watching it back now and I’m kinda wondering?” But was it really all that bad, or is Lambert just a little spitfire stirring the pot? (After all, it’s only been about a month since got into her social media sparring match with Chris Brown.)
Luckily for Lambert, she’s got someone in her corner: Country singer Justin Moore also took Kutcher’s duds as a personal affront, tweeting, “Seen Ashton kutcher at the acms tonight. What a douche! I don’t care for people making a mockery of the way country artists’ dress.”
Kutcher’s dress was more like a four-year old’s Halloween costume than a serious outfit, but does it merit so much ire? Perhaps CBS has learned its lesson: just because the network can enlist its stars to appear at its award shows doesn’t mean it’s always a good call. Either that, or we can all accept that Kutcher’s just a goofball in a silly outfit. Here’s the evidence, judge for yourself!