Actor Ashton Kutcher: Entitlement ‘unhealthy for our country’

Iowa native Ashton Kutcher sounded dangerously close to a conservative when he repeated his August Teen Choice Awards speech mantra on Wednesday’s “Ellen” that hard work is the only way to get ahead.

“I think that so much of what we see in the world today is this sort of propaganda machine around fame and around celebrity, and I actually think that there are some kids in the world that grow up today that think, ‘When I grow up I want to be famous,’ instead of, ‘When I grow up, I want to do something. I want to build something. I want to create something,’” Kutcher told host Ellen DeGeneres.

DeGeneres said it’s important for teenagers to know that ”it’s about hard work,” adding that people don’t want to work anymore. Kutcher agreed.

“There’s an entitlement that has started to emerge, that I think is unhealthy for people and unhealthy for our country,” the actor said, adding that some people he knows don’t want to get a job at Starbucks, because they think it’s below them.

“The only thing that can be below you is not having a job. Go work until you can get a job that you want to have.”

Watch Kutcher’s insightful comments here via EllenTV:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • bornfreeamerican

    Quit supporting the a$$hole!

  • Doug

    It’s like unusual to like hear.

  • jkirksings

    Well, when Kutcher was a teen, he was approached at a party by someone who worked for a modeling agency. He looked pretty and went to parties, and he didn’t find his break, his break found him. Also, Kutcher has not had to survive on an annual income of a Starbucks barista. I’m not saying he doesn’t work, but narratives like his about “hard work” are to be taken with a grain of salt, because he doesn’t give enough consideration to the fact that many situations have needed to align for his hard work to pay off like it has. I don’t think he has an accurate frame of reference for judging the labor class.

  • seazen

    Another solid choice for an article. We all need to listen to such powerful role models and act as if they had something intelligent enough to say to write an article about it!

  • John Fenton

    So, you’d rather listen to the regular drum beat of the Hollywood Libtards over this guy; at least he is breaking with them and I say good on him!!

    • Doug

      I say good on you.