Archive for August 16th, 2013

I have to say, I am not, nor ever have been, a celebrity follower. I feel that every word they say, every thing they do in public cannot be taken as reality for those of us observing and hearing, for (I feel) the media ‘creates’ them to be what the media chooses. My feeling is that the fishbowl that a celebrity lives in is an impossible one … and they are to be prayed for, not on.

The other night my daughter, knowing my views on celebrities, asked me to watch a video. It was a video from the Teen Choice Awards that were handed out on Sunday night. It was a video of the recipient of the Ultimate Choice Award winner, Ashton Kutcher.

I rolled my eyes.

She set up the video.

When I saw the the recipient was Ashton Kutcher (of Two and a Half Men fame … a female-degrading, inappropriate, finger-down-my-throat sort of TV program … just sayin’), I rolled my eyes again.


She adjusted the video to full screen, and upped the volume.

It started as I would have predicted, with ‘simple’ self-deprecating humor … I rolled my eyes.

Then, about 1:40 into the video, Mr. Kutcher’s words, and message became uncharacteristic for celebrities. His words, his message, seemed to ooze sincerity. He shares three things he learned up until he was nineteen and changed his name from Chris to Ashton:

1. opportunity

2. being sexy

3. living life

I am not sure if working on the Steve Jobs movie (opening today in theatres) has given Mr. Kutcher these epiphanies or if the depth of his character has been hiding in the shadows when the bright lights are shining on him. What I do know is that he presented a fantastic message to the group in society who needs most to be encouraged in this way.

After listening to his speech, I too would have to say he was a wise choice.

In case you missed it, or do not have the time to watch, here are the three things he shared”

1. “opportunity looks alot like hard work”

2. “the sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap … I promise you”

3. “build a life, don’t live one”

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