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Ashton Kutcher Writes Op-Ed Piece on Journalism & Privacy

Ashton Kutcher Writes Op-Ed Piece on Journalism & Privacy

Ashton Kutcher visits his office on Tuesday afternoon (November 25) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 36-year-old actor recently took to his website A+ to write an op-ed piece about “a case for privacy” and where the line should be drawn between public and private when it comes to journalism.

“As a ‘public figure’ I know all too well the distress that comes with worrying about the safety of loved ones while someone is digging up dirt on you, because I experience it every day! I don’t think it’s OK for a journalist to feel this nor do I think it’s OK for a public figure to feel this. I also don’t think that it’s OK for people to be worried about being publicly scorned for privately having a bad idea,” Ashton wrote.

“I’ve thought to myself 100 times: ‘I’d love to hire someone to get dirt on that guy and publish it… Just so he knows how it feels.’ Have I ever followed through? No. Will I? No. Do I support someone who does? No! Because if I did I’d be just like the people who invade my private life all the time. But I don’t think the guy did something wrong by thinking it, or even saying it, in what he considered to be a private forum. We have to stop thought-policing each other. If we aren’t allowed to have bad ideas we will never have the room to have a good one,” he continued.

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  • kellyf

    Speaking of journalism… Way to give NO context on this story. He’s clearly talking about the recent comments made by an Uber executive that he was going to dig up dirt on journalists that criticized Uber. This would seem like a pretty random essay without knowing why he wrote it or what it’s referring to.

  • BondGirl 007

    He didn’t write that himself. His publicist most likely did after all the backlash he received on Twitter for defending UBER and their misogynistic and unethical business practices. A company he also invests in. Ironically, HIS company A+ was also involved in controversy a few months ago for stealing content from BuzzFeed and numerous other media outlets. Ashton never finished his first year of college. He has atrocious grammatical and spelling errors in most things he writes himself. If Posterous hadn’t shut down, his personal blog would still be available and you could plainly see his writing style. This “op-ed” is not it.

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