August 21, 2013
Nicely Said, Christopher Ashton Kutcher...
Born Christopher Ashton Kutcher in the middle of America, we now know this heavy hitting fancy pants actor simply as Ashton Kutcher. We loved him in Punk'd, we loved it when he hooked up with the foxy Demi Moore, and we have happily followed his television and movie career for nearly two decades.
Last week, Kutcher received a Teen Choice Award. He began his acceptance speech by joking about being the old dude in the room. He then did something that this writer thought was pretty frickin' cool. He imparted some wisdom upon his youthful audience that we rarely see from our Hollywood celebs. He conveyed the importance of hard work, the idea that smart is sexy, and empowered his onlookers to create their destiny rather than exist in the proverbial box that has been set forth for them by others.
The speech was, by far, among the most brilliant I have heard in a very long time. I would encourage you to pass it along to any teen or young adult in your life. I am aware that the wisdom of life experience is oftentimes not received by our youth in the well-intentioned manner that parents intend. Occasionally causing friction, inaudible comments, and rampant eye rolling. Somehow, Kutcher managed with his cool guy swagger to soften the message, and hit a home run as someone to emulate in a world where a healthy work ethic and smarts are not always seen as sexy.
Well done, Chris...