Ashton Kutcher: American Subversive?

Here he is, pitching lots of subversive ideas to a crowd that doesn’t even realize it.

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“Opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” . . . He went on to talk about working from the age of 13 sweeping floors and washing dishes. “I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job and every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job.”


“The sexiest thing in the entire world… is being really smart,” Kutcher said, gazing around at the audience, “And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you!
“It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less …
“So don’t buy it. Be smart … Be thoughtful … And be generous.”


“When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your job is to live your life inside the word and try not to get in too much trouble. But life can be much broader than that when you realize simple things that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things, you can build your own life. So build the life, don’t live one. Build one. Find your opportunities. And always be sexy.”

It’s a good thing he ended with “always be sexy,” — and that most of the short-term-memory-deficient who hear him won’t realize he has spoken code for “be smart, thoughtful, generous, because the rest is crap” — or someone would have to shut this young rebel down.

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  • Oo_oc_oO

    Okay, but why is he dressed like a lumberjack?

  • Julie Culshaw

    Someone snidely remarked that Ashton mentions the word jobs a lot – does it have anything to do with his playing Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie about Apple? I don’t trust these Hollywood folks, they look out for #1 first.

  • Manny

    I have no idea who Ashton Kutcher – yes, I’m pop culture illiterate – but he’s a heck of a smart guy. I like him.

  • Jan

    Kinda makes you wonder why he’s such a staunch Obama supporter – he’s helped make life infinitely more difficult for people who don’t have the same options he has. Anyway, I don’t see anything he said as being particularly intelligent, although I guess one could argue that common sense is a form of intelligence.

  • Manny

    That is true. I guess he’s intelligent compared to most pop stars. :-P

  • Michelle

    A man doesn’t have to be perfect to say something good and true. It is a harsh world indeed if we can only say thank you to those with sainthood credentials – indeed it would be the kind of world where imperfect people like me would be tempted to say why bother. – - – Gratefully there are still writers with orthodox beliefs and ardent desires to serve God, who can nevertheless be grateful for good from imperfect sources.

  • MeanLizzie

    Quite right. It’s becoming a very sick world when nothing good can be said about someone — or credited to him/her — because he or she does not meet with our overall outlook. That’s a kind of idolatry — the idolatry of our own ideas, and thus of ourselves. I write about it here:

  • Patti Day

    From the sound of the audience of screaming teenage girls, I guess Kutcher qualifies as a wise old elder. I hope through the screams, they actually heard the message.

  • slainte

    God does not appear to be in his equation for success, too bad.
    I think he may learn with further maturity that without God, it is indeed all c–p, and all earthly accomplishments are for naught.

  • Jan

    There has been enormous damage done in the world by overlooking forests for individual trees. Taking some rather common-sensical points and making a big deal about it simply because the speaker is a celebrity seems kind of idolatrous to me. Like it or not, there are some people in the world who will say or do what they think will get them ahead. My point was not that one should ignore the good that some people espouse or promote; it’s that one should not ignore what often comes out of the other side of the mouth.

  • Rick Connor

    He’s from a small town in Iowa. That’s how we dress.