Conservatives are praising celebrity Ashton Kutcher for a speech he gave at this year's Teen Choice Awards lauding humility and hard work - but also the value of "being sexy."
"I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work," said the "Jobs" star to an audience of screaming young people. "I never had a job in my life that I was better than...and every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job."
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said the speech was evidence that Kutcher's "Iowa roots" were "shining through all that Hollywood glitter," and Rush Limbaugh praised the 35-year-old star's words for their "traditional, uplifting, motivational and inspirational" qualities.
"Good job, Ashton," added Mike Huckabee, who gave Kutcher a "Huck's Hero salute."
Kutcher capped his speech off with this message: "The sexiest thing in the world is being really smart, and thoughtful, and generous...so find your opportunities, and always be sexy."
@marine1 There is nothing at all wrong with Kutcher's speech, although he's a dubious role model. Having said that, I wonder if they realize what his position is on some other issues they like to claim as sacred? Kutcher is a hollywood liberal. The GOP do not have a monopoly on the idea that working hard to get ahead in life is the key to success. They just pretend they do.
@fraps Not the best role model. Kutcher got a burglary rap for breaking into his high school. Later he dropped out of college to pursue a modeling career after he was "discovered", which is sorta like winning the lottery.
@frigginhell His views on other issues are moot relating to hard work.
With the youth culture looking for the easy way out, this should be promoted more often than not. Many kids getting out college expect to land the corner office job and huge salary from day one.
Kutcher is telling them that you have to start at the bottom and work up. Not only does this make you a better person, but it's the most realistic view. I know of a guy who thinks his degree is worth at least $50,000 per year but won't belittle himself by working a low paying retail job in the meantime to get by with. That is ridiculous,
@Roco Oh come on, you and DARSB both know that she quit because of all the frivolous law suits filed by one group that took all her time and money to fight. She could either do the work of governor OR fight the law suits - all of which have been thrown out, but which cost 10's of thousands of dollars the state would have had to pay. She was even sued over wearing a certain brand of ski jacket or winter jacket that sported the logo of the company who made it, for promoting that company. I guess Izod shirts are out, North Fact jackets are out, any sneaker with the nike swish or the name of the company is out, all cars are out. Yet she was sued, had to spend time and money fighting it and it was finally thrown out of court. I believe I have been all over this with you before, pointing out just how silly your comment is.
Yeah, yeah, I know, it's a great "Sound Bite" and an easy to remember and spell "Talking Point", but it's factually more involved than you and your fellow progressives and late night talk show hosts like to pretend. Or, maybe youall just can't get it, having never had real jobs that required your complete attention.
@Tralee I just love how so many Republicans love to call someone progressives because they disagree with some dribble spouted out by some Republicans. I am not a Republican nor Democrat nor Libertarian. I just call them like I see them, be whatever party affiliation associated with them.
@Roco If you are going to call them like you see them, then take the time to SEE them correctly and not spout off the sound bites of the left. If you speak like a progressive, sorry, but you ARE a progressive. You know, walk like a duck, talk like a duck.........
@ Camelbak Only to children who aren't raised well by parents that think schools are a day care which teach children from the ground up. Not to mention lavishing them with new clothes, ipods, and the newest sneakers for getting a D- in pre-algebra. "Shame on the teacher for failing my little baby!"
@alexpinca - we conservatives don't consider liberals as fascist and we certainly don't think of you as liking hardwork.
It's not really about "liking" hardwork but more about how the reward for hard work is distributed. Where conservatives believe that the reward for hardwork should be owned by the person who performs it, liberals are busy stealing other people's labor to reward those who don't work hard.
@DerivePI ---- Well I don’t speak for liberals, but I do consider the rabid right as fascists. And by the way I don’t buy Limbaugh’s definition of “fascist”…if you do, that’s your problem.
One thing I learned early on in the world of work, is that people more often do what they like…like and do go hand in hand…I would have thought you understood that. It is amazing to me how prepared the rabid right is to tell liberals what they believe…the idea that liberals don’t believe that the hardworking shouldn’t enjoy the fruits of their labor is another lie promoted by the far right. We just don’t belief you should disregard society in the process, its not just me, me, me.“liberals are busy stealing other people's labor to reward those who don't work hard.” A RABID RIGHT LIE.
Good speech. But Kids will still probably not want to find real jobs that will benefit society though. And he should be getting praise from the left too. But People already know that they're not that outspoken about hard work and think anyone is entitled to entitlement programs. So not much point.
Great speech coming from a multi millionaire that makes more money than the police officers that risk their lives for ours daily, or the firemen or the teachers that deal with incorrigible children with no home training, or paramedics that save lives daily. Great speech coming from a Hollywood boy toy who's day of hard work is filled with looking good on the camera. Give me break
Thanks for making me feeling young as I am near 35 myself. I guess I am not old yet. Kushter is respectable, I just wish he said no to 2&1/2 men which is the stupid disrespectful show with toilet humor
Yes, but he definitely doesn't need Palin on his coattails. She is just looking for all ways to finagle her way into politics. Would someone please tell her she is done!! I wish Ashton well and for the first time realized he had something on his shoulders besides a pimple!
I did not watch, however, what "hard work" has Ashton Kutcher ever done? I know yes 2.5 men is 30 minutes long and it takes about a week to shoot but come on.......... This is ridiculous when an "actor" that makes millions says he knows the value of "hard work". LOL