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August 16, 2013

BLOG: Kutcher channels Steve Jobs

During some teen choice awards show this past weekend, actor Ashton Kutcher made a speech that has since almost broken the Internet.

Kutcher is pretty web-savvy. He was one of the first celebrities to really embrace and gain loads of followers on Twitter. He also was an early investor in Skype.

I'm currently choosing to believe that any of that savvy he possesses didn't make its way into this speech.

As for what he said, it was obviously good for kids to hear. He starts by telling the audience his real name is Chris not Ashton (that's his middle name) then goes on to recall some lessons he learned while he was Chris.

He talked about working hard. He talked about how it's sexy to be smart and generous and thoughtful. And that kids should ignore the pressures put on them by society to conform to some idea of what being attractive is.

I watched this speech and couldn't help be reminded of this speech:

My initial thought was that Kutcher watched this video over and over again as he studied for the role of Steve Jobs in the movie that comes out today.

Yeah. That's right. Kutcher is making the rounds doing promotion for "Jobs."

Was his speech an homage to Jobs? Was it calculated? Was it completely organic?

I'm going to avoid the low road and say at worst it was an homage to Jobs and at best it came straight from his heart.

See Kutcher didn't have the stage at Stanford's commencement to speak on. He wasn't receiving an honorary degree.

Instead he was the recipient of a surfboard for his lifetime of achievement. (Kutcher is 35, by the way).

It's easy to be cynical when it comes to celebrities. Especially ones out shilling for a movie.

But this video and message has gone viral.

Even Rush Limbaugh was singing Kutcher's praises. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rush-limbaughs-new-bff-ashton-606513

So I'm going to praise Kutcher until proven otherwise.

But I do hope he earns the role in a David Hasselhoff biopic so I can see his homage to this:

 

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Daniel Riordan has been writing for newspapers since he was 16. Previous newspaper stops include Warsaw and Plymouth. He joined The Goshen News in March 2013 and is enjoying getting to know the city. He has up to this point been able to resist any urge to watch cat videos on YouTube.

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