Last night, following the firing of much-loved Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, Penn State students took to the streets of State College, Pennsylvania, to declare their unhappiness with the Board of Directors' decision. "They turned their ire on a news van," reports the New York Times, "a symbolic gesture that expressed a view held by many that the news media exaggerated Mr. Paterno’s role in the scandal surrounding accusations that a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, sexually assaulted young boys." While the students rioted outside their dorm rooms, plenty of people went on Twitter to declare their satisfaction with Paterno's firing. One dissenter? Prolific Twitter user and Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher.
"How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass," Kutcher wrote, an update that was quickly deleted after being retweeted by hundreds of users. Not surprisingly, people lashed out at the sitcom actor, who then addressed the angry mob of by re-tweeting a handful of them, admitting his error.
Those re-tweets, like the original update, have been deleted. Left standing are two updates. "As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case," he wrote, followed by, "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."
Mashable wonders if the latter tweet indicates that someone manages Kutcher's Twitter account for him. It's quite possible, as plenty of celebrities hire people to update their Twitter accounts, as silly and proposterous as that might seem. But Kutcher has always been an advocate for social media--he even invests in several technology startups and not-so-discretely plugs them on his show. So if it turns out that Kutcher blames the update on anything other than his complete lack of knowledge regarding current events, remember that we called bullshit here first.
This is, of course, not the first time that Kutcher has been accused of being slightly unaware of his facts. In June, the Village Voice ran a long cover story about the misrepresentations of Kutcher and wife Demi Moore's "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" PSAs, a feature that sparked controversy when Kutcher, again, took to Twitter to defend himself. "I only PLAYED stupid on TV," he wrote in a tweet addressed to the Voice. With last night's gaffe, it seems like "art" again imitates life.