Ashton Kutcher shuts down Twitter account

Ashton Kutcher has shut down his Twitter account after sparking outrage by defending college football coach Joe Paterno.

Paterno was fired from his role as head coach of the Pennsylvania State University football team amid the growing sex abuse scandal surrounding his former assistant Jerry Sandusky. The football coach came under fire for failing to take action against Sandusky, who has been charged with molesting eight boys over a 15-year period.

Following this scandal, Kutcher took to his Twitter account to questioning the decision to fire Paterno, writing: “How do you fire Jo Pa? insult. no class. as a hawkeye (University of Iowa) fan I find it in poor taste.”

His comment offended his followers and prompted rage and angry messages. Many people criticized Kutcher for his response also on the fact that he has a charity to end child sex slavery. Kutcher then deleted the post and closed his page, admitting he felt “awful” about his comment.

He tweeted, “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case. As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”

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  1. stephen e hansen • November 11, 2011 @ 11:47 AM

    he is a rockheaded fool, typical actor

  2. Cheryl • November 11, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

    Ah and there is the problem with Twitter. You tweet the first thing that comes to your head without thinking it through and now it’s out there for the world to read. I don’t think Kutcher was being malicious, but he was thoughtless and impulsive. He realized he was very, very, wrong on this issue and has done the right thing. Unfortunately those words are out there in cyber space forever. The lesson; think before you tweet.

  3. John • November 11, 2011 @ 8:14 PM

    It’s about time he got off twitter, it’s a stupid place for idiots to write what stupid things they’re doing and thinking. Oh, and for celebrities to endorse things and make big $$ from mentioning these products. Anyone following celebrities on twitter is just making them richer. Usually it isn’t even the celebrity himself writing the tweets.

  4. Nobody Important • November 12, 2011 @ 2:57 AM

    Good riddance.

  5. Joshua • November 12, 2011 @ 2:24 PM

    Do girls really find this guy attractive? Ive been watching two and a half men recently and just don’t buy that girls throw themselves at this guy. (i know its just a show) lol

  6. joe • November 13, 2011 @ 12:13 PM

    to me it show’s he’s a hypocritical moron who doesn’t really care about the charity he represents….too many of those in the spotlight only support these charities because their P.R. person tells them to do so. I don’t beleive he removed it because he realized he was wrong, more like he removed it because someone explained to him he’s an idiot and this is what he has to do for damage control

  7. C-Dub • November 14, 2011 @ 7:52 PM

    Wow. And that’s another blow to the 2.5men show. Toss him.

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