Ashton Kutcher is not afraid to talk about serious issues on Twitter.
The 36-year-old actor took to the social media site on Wednesday (Nov.
19) to address the recent controversy surrounding a comment made by Emil Michael, the senior vice president of the ridesharing service Uber.
At a private dinner, Michael suggested that his company should, perhaps, investigate the personal life of journalists who write negative or misleading reports about Uber.
Michael pointed to one female reporter in particular in his comments, which were meant to be off the record.
Kutcher, an investor in Uber, soon jumped on Twitter to advocate for the idea.
“What is so wrong about digging up dirt on shady journalist? @pando @TechCrunch @Uber,” tweeted Kutcher on Wednesday.
“I believe we live in a day [where] the first word has become ‘the word.'” “Rumors span the globe before anyone has an opportunity to defend them selves,” he continued.
“Everyone is guilty and then tasked to defend themselves publicly…Questioning the source needs to happen…
Always!” “So as long as journalist are interested and willing to print half truths as facts…
Yes we should question the source,” added the new dad, who often finds himself the subject of stories by the media.
“To be clear I speak for my self not @Uber.” Kutcher then brought up the fact that there will likely be backlash from media outlets regarding the suggestion of digging up dirt on journalists.
“This should be fun…
Here comes the part where journalist explain why they should be exempt from ridicule and judgement and probing…U r all right and I’m on the wrong side of this ultimately.
I just wish journalists were held to the same standards as public figures,” he tweeted, ending his remarks with “#GoodForRatings #TrafficSpike #WelcomeToShockJournalism.” As for Uber, Michael made an official statement apologizing for his comments and indicating that his proposal would never be a serious consideration by Uber.
“The remarks attributed to me at a private dinner – borne out of frustration during an informal debate over what I feel is sensationalistic media coverage of the company I am proud to work for – do not reflect my actual views and have no relation to the company’s views or approach,” said Michael.
“They were wrong no matter the circumstance and I regret them.”