I’ve never paid much attention to actor Ashton Kutcher one way or the other over the years outside of knowing that he and actress Demi Moore were once married, that he used to post pictures of her on Twitter that I found inappropriate for a husband to post, *may* have cheated on her with other women prior to their split, and that he has always seemed like a child trapped in a man’s body. It sounds like somewhere along the way, however, Mr. Kutcher has grown up a bit – at least if you go by the surprisingly inspiring speech he gave at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night. The Blaze recaps:
After receiving the “Ultimate Choice Award” at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, Kutcher began by revealing that his real first name is actually “Chris.” He then launched on a surprising diatribe about the three most important things he learned before he was known as Ashton.
“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” Kutcher began with his first point. “When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job at a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground.”
He went on: “And 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, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”
Kutcher then talked about “being sexy.” He almost certainly surprised thousands of screaming teenagers when he revealed “being sexy” has nothing to do with the “crap” that they are sold by society.
“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart,” he said to cheers. “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.”
The third and final piece of advice Kutcher offered the audience dealt with the fulfillment of refusing to live “inside the world” and instead creating your own life.
“Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you,” he said. “And you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life — don’t live one, build one.”
Here’s the video:
I’m pretty sure Mr. Kutcher is a Democrat who supported President Obama twice, but his message here is one that you more often hear conservatives preach than liberals: Never be “above” any job, always work hard and do a good job, find a job before you leave your current job so you can support yourself and your family, take advantage of your opportunities, and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough or smart enough or pretty enough to go far in the world. It’s simplistic, but it’s exactly the type of message that young people – the audience Kutcher was speaking to, which conservatives oftentimes have a hard time reaching – don’t hear enough of in this dismal economy where everyone complains about high student loan rates, the difficulty in finding a good paying-job, the rising costs of healthcare due to Obamacare, etc. If you listen to President Obama and his liberal ilk, it takes GOVERNMENT to make you successful. Remember “you didn’t build that“? With conservatives and Republicans, you DID “build that” and you CAN “build that” if you set your mind to it and work hard and save for it.
Couple that with U2’s Bono recently talking about how much better capitalism was than government aid in terms of how best to help the poor, and nanny state/big government liberalism has taken a bit of a hit this week with casual news watchers/low info voters. I love it – don’t expect it to last, but I”m enjoying it while it does!