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Ashton Kutcher, Joe Paterno and a big Twitter mess

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Actor Ashton Kutcher was among the first celebrities who really mastered Twitter. He even challenged CNN to see who could hit 1 million followers first, way back in the dawn of the celeb-tweet era – two whole years ago.

But a quick message about now-ousted Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, dashed off before Kutcher knew the whole story, has him reconsidering things.

About 1 p.m. Thursday, Kutcher tweeted a link to a blog post detailing how he unwittingly created a maelstrom of controversy. He said he caught a quick TV headline about Paterno losing his job and “assumed that he had been fired due to poor performance as an aging coach. ” Without knowing the actual story, Kutcher said, ” I posted a tweet defending his career.”

To put it mildly, that did not go over well. Once Kutcher had learned of the entire situation at Penn State, he said he “quickly went back on my Twitter account and found a hailstorm of responses calling me an idiot’ and several other expletives.” He apologized, but the controversy has him considering professional management of his feed.

“I quickly retracted and deleted my previous post,” he wrote. “However that didn’t seem enough to satisfy people’s outrage at my misinformed post. I truly am sorry if I offended anyone and more over am going to take action to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.”

By handing over the tweet reins.

“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,” Kutcher wrote. “My sincere apologies to anyone who I have offended. It was a mistake that I don’t think will happen again.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

91 comments Add your comment

AJC Negative Blogger

November 10th, 2011
2:34 pm

Ron

November 10th, 2011
2:35 pm

What is a tweet?

Good Grief

November 10th, 2011
2:36 pm

What? Someone commented on something without having all the facts? The shame of it all?! Kutcher should retire immediately and withdraw from all human contact as penance for his sins. [/sarcasm]

Elvis Prez

November 10th, 2011
2:38 pm

I wish he would retire.

Jeffro Bodeen

November 10th, 2011
2:42 pm

Speaking without knowing all the facts????? Somebody wants to be a politician!!! Kutcher for president!!

KJ

November 10th, 2011
2:43 pm

Yes, Hollywood actors should definitely consider the feelings of idiots on twitter when posting stuff.

Next up, Youtube comments and their important role in society.

VoiceOfReason

November 10th, 2011
2:45 pm

Just shows how out of touch some of these celebs are with what is happening with the rest of the country. And this obviously out-of-touch person has how many followers again?

eastbeachssi

November 10th, 2011
2:45 pm

a tweet is something a twit says

Like OMG

November 10th, 2011
2:48 pm

I mean seriously people, Ashton is just trying to apologize for making a mistake. LIke, people as important in this world as Ashton Kutcher should like, just be allowed to make up for his mistaken tweets. His tweets have affected so many people in the world like on a positive note so why not allow him to like, you know, make up for this and apologize? Like Cmon people! I LOVE ASHTON

ProtectOURChildren

November 10th, 2011
2:48 pm

I think it’s almost worse for Kutcher to imply that he is so self-absorbed and out of touch with reality that he had no idea about the heinous acts of child sex abuse that went on at Penn State, when this topic has been reported on excessively for what seems like weeks. Please. He knew, and he just retracted his tweet after his millions of followers didn’t jump on his “poor JoePa” wagon.

jt

November 10th, 2011
2:49 pm

Who is actually offended by a tweet these days? Everything is taken so seriously. Give the dude a break

TheAntiMe

November 10th, 2011
2:50 pm

Kutcher seems more upset about Paterno being fired than he was when Demi fired him.

James Kirk

November 10th, 2011
2:51 pm

Gotta’ toe that party line; don’t dare wait for the courts to do their jobl Heck no. After all, we do operate under the presumpotion of guilt, right?

LawDawg

November 10th, 2011
2:52 pm

What a valuable story.

When the scandal first broke, my immediate reaction was “what does the guy who used to play Kelso and no makes sweet, sweet love to an elderly person think about this?”

LawDawg

November 10th, 2011
2:52 pm

Sally

November 10th, 2011
2:53 pm

The man made a mistake and admitted it. Further more, he apologized. More than once apparently. Why is that not enough for some people?

Mark Richt

November 10th, 2011
2:54 pm

how bout them dawgs?

WplusM

November 10th, 2011
2:54 pm

This is really an AJC news article?

BobDog

November 10th, 2011
2:55 pm

@Ron

A tweet is something that a twit sometimes does

moderate

November 10th, 2011
2:55 pm

Most of us working folks don’t have time for Twitter, Facebook, etc. We really don’t have time to put every little thought up for consideration. Why would we be interested in AK’s opinion in any case.

I’m concerned about who other than college kids are spending time on these activities….maybe our school system employees? Bureaucrats?

tim

November 10th, 2011
2:56 pm

@timothygonzalez

kevin

November 10th, 2011
2:59 pm

a ‘hailstorm’?

ED

November 10th, 2011
2:59 pm

back in 1978 people did not have these problems

Red Neck

November 10th, 2011
3:01 pm

Tweet not what your country can do for you, tweet what you can do for your country.

Abraham Tweet

November 10th, 2011
3:05 pm

Four score and seven tweets ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all tweets are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great tweet war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so tweeted and so dedicated, can long tweet.

observor

November 10th, 2011
3:10 pm

Ashton once again is proving how astonishingly stupid he is. I’m really surprised he’s capable of dressing himself and walking around without running into walls as he’s basically a functional retard. Hopefully he has smart capable people managing his money because if it was up to him he’d probably invest in all in a Nigerian 419 investment opportunity.

oldfart

November 10th, 2011
3:11 pm

Paterno has not yet been charged with any crime to be found guilty of and therefore no court to wait upon. However being fired from a job does not require due process in a court of law.

Rodney Tweet

November 10th, 2011
3:12 pm

Can’t we all just tweet along?!

Tweetspeare

November 10th, 2011
3:13 pm

A tweet by any other name would smell as tweet.

Bradley AJC

November 10th, 2011
3:14 pm

Kutcher would make good as a newspaper sports writer. We do what he did every day.

baconbits

November 10th, 2011
3:14 pm

Bring Charlie Back!

TheAntiMe

November 10th, 2011
3:24 pm

I always thought that it was OK to be a dumb asp if you are a pretty boy?

Donna

November 10th, 2011
3:25 pm

Teachers are required by law to report all child abuse. Parterno was a million dollar a year teacher. An intern (that is a type of student) told him of a child being raped in the Penn State locker room and Parterno did not have the police investigate. Every thing he ever told you about duty honor Penn state pride or other man stuff is bunk because when it REALLY mattered he came up short. This is about the life of a child not a game.

H

November 10th, 2011
3:26 pm

How on earth could you not know what was going on if you read the web or watch any tv. Stupid typical hollywood jackass. You sure got a bright one Demi.

The Tweetles

November 10th, 2011
3:26 pm

“A Hard Day’s Tweet”
“Yestertweet”
“Back in The USSTweet”
“I Saw Her Tweeting There”
“Tweet & Shout”

BK

November 10th, 2011
3:26 pm

I guess he really was a real life kelso. What a twerp

Spanky

November 10th, 2011
3:28 pm

Observor- Well, thank God he’s got you here to point that out for him!! Some of you need to get a grip!! This is the main reason that I PROUDLY do not own a Twitter account! All the people who know everything about everything always has something to say, like the brainiac afore-mentioned!

Good Grief

November 10th, 2011
3:29 pm

BK – Could you say that “This twit’s a tweetin’ twerp?”

The Truth be Told

November 10th, 2011
3:29 pm

The Truth is it is abosultely insane that the Penn State Board has been judge and jury to a legend like Joe Paterno. Kuther was right and many many Americans and the students need to put these politically correct bozos in there place. This whole incident reminds me of the Nazis in Europe. Everything is done in secret and they decide a mans fate without any evidence on their opinions which are obviously wrong.

coachx

November 10th, 2011
3:30 pm

Ashton, your just a big dummy who will alwayse be remembered as the big dummy on “That 70’s Show” who married a lady older then his own mother.

Aaron

November 10th, 2011
3:31 pm

Good to know that theres a point at being rich and famous where you don’t even have to read. Or you get so damn lazy you need someone to professionally manage the lame “status updates” you post constantly.

Teresa

November 10th, 2011
3:31 pm

IMO people that follow celebs on twitter need to get a life, this situation goes to show how out of touch they are with this countries ills.

The Truth be Told

November 10th, 2011
3:37 pm

Donna,

Paterno did report the incident. You and your politically incorrect teachers need to remember our constitution and our law that says you are inocent until proven guility and our Chistian teaching from Jesus that says Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Are we teaching are children to lie and use allegations that are false to ruin peoples lives. That is the real sin here.

ryan

November 10th, 2011
3:39 pm

Kutcher got PUNKED !

Bill Clinton

November 10th, 2011
3:44 pm

I did not tweet with that woman.

markie mark

November 10th, 2011
3:47 pm

@eastbeachssi…..as a former resident of 8th st, say hello to Goulds Inlet for me….and murphys, the crab trap, etc.

aon

November 10th, 2011
3:50 pm

I agree with you Elvis. Ashton’s arrogance just makes him seem that much more childlike. He is becoming quite the bore! I also agree about twitter. Who the heck has time to tweet everything they do? I spend a little time on Facebook – mostly to keep up with my children – but after awhile I even have to walk away from Facebook because it can suck you in so quickly and is such a time waster.

Jarhead

November 10th, 2011
3:53 pm

Ass ton Kutcher is a damn idiot even before this, I mean who in their right mind would cheat on Demi Moore…! And by the way Ass ton, you really suck on two and half men…!

Haterade

November 10th, 2011
3:55 pm

I kind of wish he’d fall down the stairs. Like a really big flight of stairs. I’m thinking all the way to the bottom at Peachtree Center.

guest

November 10th, 2011
3:56 pm

OMG, The Truth be Told. Have you even been following the Penn State story? Have you read the grand jury report? Are you AWARE that Joe Paterno got his information from a “visibly distraught” EYEWITNESS to the rape of a 10 YEAR OLD BOY (who in my opinion should also be fired). If you have you would know how stupid you sound.