We were hoping that we could use, what is no doubt a rather embarrassing moment for Kutcher, to shed light on the serious subject of child abuse and child sexual abuse, while calling attention to a wonderful organization like the PCAPA.
Delray Beach, Florida (PRWEB) February 14, 2012
The site had promised to make a charitable donation in Kutcher’s name in December 2011 when it awarded Kutcher with its first-ever “Foot in Mouth” Award for his much-maligned tweet regarding the firing of Penn State head coach, Joe Paterno, in light of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
After bestowing the honor – or dishonor, as you will – upon Kutcher, CelebTweets.com attempted to reach out to the Two and a Half Men star and his publicist. The site had hoped Kutcher would turn a negative into a positive by matching or exceeding their contribution. Unfortunately, neither Ashton Kutcher, nor his publicist responded to the multiple attempts to contact.
The Foot in Mouth Award, which is given to celebrities who post comments on Twitter that they immediately regret and delete, was given to Kutcher for his infamous tweet in response to learning that Coach Joe Paterno was dismissed from Penn State in November 2011. The actor, upset by the news, tweeted to his 8 million plus followers: “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.”
The statement caused an online outrage and caused the Twitter-verse to immediately rise up against Kutcher’s ill-informed message. Later that day, the star deleted the controversial statement from his account and issued an apology. "Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!" he wrote. “Didn’t have full story. #AdmitWhenYouMakeMistakes.”
The highly-publicized incident was a contributing factor to Kutcher’s decision to hand the reins of his Twitter account over to a PR firm a short time later. Celeb Gossip Network’s co-founder, Samantha Styles, revealed that she is disappointed the star did not take the site up on their offer to match or exceed their donation to PCAPA.
“The award was given to Mr. Kutcher in a tongue-in-cheek manner. We realize that celebrities are human and will have that ‘foot-in-mouth’ moment like we all do,” Styles said in a statement. “Of course,” she continued, “their verbal gaffes are definitely scrutinized much more publicly than a normal person’s and the backlash can be fierce – as the visceral Internet response to Ashton’s original tweet proved. However, we were hoping that we could use, what is no doubt a rather embarrassing moment for Kutcher, to shed light on the serious subject of child abuse and child sexual abuse, while calling attention to a wonderful organization like the PCAPA.”
CelebTweets.com, a sister site of CelebGossip.com, is a Twitter aggregation site that follows and archives the online musings of celebrities. The site was founded in 2011 by Samantha Styles and Erika Sullivan as part of the Celeb Gossip Network.