Ashton Kutcher has earned a reputation for being pretty far left, but during an acceptance speech at last weekend’s Teen Choice Awards, Kutcher surprised many with his articulate message of hard work, kindness, and generosity.
Kutcher, who is currently promoting his role of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic "Jobs", received the “Ultimate Choice Award” and began his speech by revealing that his first name is actually Chris. He then shared the most important lessons he has learned to the audience of squealing teens.
“So, let me play this speech that is burning up the internet today,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “It's a fairly safe to say that viewers don't tune in to the Teen Choice Awards in hopes of hearing an incredibly insightful advice about the hard work of hard work perseverance and dreaming because that's exactly what they got there.”
Watch Kutcher’s speech below:
“Let me ask you a question. Let me ask you a question,” Glenn said. “How do we not agree? How is it that? The people in the camp of Ashton Kutcher think that I'm the antichrist. And so many of us think he's the antichrist… Quite honestly, there's many on the left and right that are just like those teens in the audience… they are not even listening to him. They are not even listening to him. But if that's not something that ties the stereotypical left and the right together…”
In the past, Kutcher has raised eyebrows because of his overt support of liberal causes and politicians like President Obama. In 2009, he and then wife Demi Moore participated in a creepy Obama ad that had them pledging to “be a servant to our president.”
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But Glenn was quick to point out the ever-growing difference between liberals and progressives, which would explain why someone like Kutcher could have values that aren't all that different from Glenn's.
“I really truly believe there's a huge difference between a liberal and a progressive. And that's why I've been urging, please, please, let's make sure we're careful with our language because you can be liberal. I have good friends who are liberal,” Glenn explained. “Now, if they are progressive, that's different. But I can't get them to see the difference. The difference is, you want to control other peoples lives. And all of my liberal friends don't.”
“You want to talk about heart? You want to talk about compassion,” Glenn asked. “Good. Let's talk about compassion. And we can join on many things on compassion. We can join on let's help the poor. Now, we may not agree on all of the programs. But unless you are a Progressive, you are a small government person. And you're saying: Let's find the capitalist. Let's find the companies out there that want to take this on as a problem. Let's go find the people out there that want to do it. Let's go find the churches. Let's encourage them to do it. Not through government policies. Not through handouts. Not through redistribution of wealth. Let's go help. You'll get everybody on board because we're not that far apart. This is what he's saying. Here is the American position.”