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Ashton Kutcher Apologizes for Controversial Joe Paterno Tweet

Date November 10, 2011
Ashton Kutcher Apologizes for Controversial Joe Paterno Tweet 'Two and a Half Men' star Ashton Kutcher's been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, and last night he dug himself a massive hole to climb out of thanks to his prolific use of Twitter.

Kutcher set off a firestorm with a controversial tweet (which has since been taken down from his page) in which he criticized the firing of

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Ashton Kutcher Apologizes for Controversial Joe Paterno Tweet 'Two and a Half Men' star Ashton Kutcher's been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons recently, and last night he dug himself a massive hole to climb out of thanks to his prolific use of Twitter.

Kutcher set off a firestorm with a controversial tweet (which has since been taken down from his page) in which he criticized the firing of Penn State Head Football Coach Joe Paterno: "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste."

After thousands of furious Twitter followers blasted his post, Kutcher then tweeted apologies, saying he didn't have the full story when he posted the first tweet: "This is an insane story, I just heard paterno was fired, getting the rest of the story now..." and "Fully recant previous tweet! ... Didn't have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes."

He later tweeted: "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."

Joe Paterno and the president of Penn State University were fired Wednesday in fallout from a child sex abuse scandal and cover-up involving a former assistant coach and school officials.

Kutcher and his wife Demi Moore are co-founders of the DNA Foundation, which specifically aims to "end child sex slavery." Referring to their work, Kutcher tweeted "As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case."

Ironically, the front page of the foundation's website currently features a photo of a football player with the headline "Football for Good." It also carries a Twitter feed showing numerous retweets of 'Late Show' writer Justin Stangel's scathing: "Tell me if right: You're against child trafficking unless it's with college football staff."

AOL TV recently wondered if Kutcher's recent offscreen antics were a case of life imitating art for the 'Two and a Half Men' star, and asked if headlining a hit TV show and topping the list of highest paid TV actors was giving him a false sense of entitlement. There's been no comment yet from CBS or 'Men' creator Chuck Lorre, but could this latest scandal be the final nail in the coffin for the show?

What do you think? Has Ashton Kutcher gone too far this time?

'Two and a Half Men' airs Mondays, 9PM ET on CBS.

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