Ashton Kutcher Faces Twitter Backlash Over Penn State Joe Paterno

Ashton Kutcher may not be a company, but he certainly is a brand. As an early adopter of Twitter who has over 8 million followers, you could say he has “reach.” Ashton Kutcher sparked outrage Wednesday night after posting an ill-informed tweet defending ousted Penn State football coach Joe Paterno who was fired for his ties to a child sex scandal.

The Two and a Half Men actor used his Twitter account on Wednesday, Nov. 10 to speak out on the controversial firing of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. “Having no more information than that, I assumed that he had been fired due to poor performance as an aging coach,” he later explained on his blog.

For celebrities, transparency is a really big deal. Sure, I’l follow a fan-club-run Twitter feed if I want to be updated on all of a celebrity’s upcoming projects and appearances, but a personal-run Twitter account is a glimpse behind the curtain of fame.

"When I first started using Twitter, it was a communication platform that people could say what they were thinking in real time, and if their facts were wrong the community would quickly and helpfully reframe an opinion," he wrote.

"It seems that today Twitter has grown into a mass publishing platform, where one's tweets quickly become news that is broadcast around the world and misinformation becomes volatile fodder for critics."

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