Conservatives embrace Ashton Kutcher's straight talk
August 22nd, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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Conservatives embrace Ashton Kutcher's straight talk

(CNN) – Not everyone taking note of the Teen Choice Awards fits neatly into the target demographic.

Take Sen. Ted Cruz. Earlier this week, the possible 2016 Republican contender for the White House took the time to tweet Ashton Kutcher's remarks accepting the Awards' main honor, calling it a "remarkable speech."

And Cruz has not been alone among Republicans in his praise. As recently as Wednesday, conservatives like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have honed in on Kutcher's speech, calling out its praise for individual achievement.

"I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work," Kutcher said earlier this month.

"I've never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a steppingstone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job."

The Business of Being Ashton Kutcher

Kutcher, who plays Steve Jobs in the new biopic, "Jobs," has for his part built up a reputation as a liberal, donating $50,000 to Obama and Democrats last year. So far he hasn't responded to the conservative praise.

But that hasn't stopped his words from striking a chord with conservatives who are frequently more prone to blast Hollywood than praise it.

Limbaugh and Beck both spent airtime praising Kutcher, Beck saying that "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."

In turn, Palin went to her favorite outlet, Facebook.

"Looks like the Duck Dynasty dudes aren't the only ones speaking truth to power lately," the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee wrote on her wall, alluding to one of the reality TV stars' recent comments arguing against abortion under all circumstances.

"Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher gave a heartfelt speech about hard work at this week's "Teen Choice Awards."

Former Arkansas governor and presidential contender Mike Huckabee has also taken notice of Kutcher's speech, praising it on his blog.

Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist took his response a step further than many of his conservative peers, calling out the hard work quote in a tweet that started "More Obama Bashing...."

Filed under: Glenn Beck • Mike Huckabee • Rush Limbaugh • Sarah Palin • Ted Cruz
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Name Uche Agonsi

    The only other thing these Repubs know to do well outside 'communially chorused' talks is begging for money they called 'fund raising' . Here again, every big donation 'tells a story' .

    August 22, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. John Illinois

    Liberalism: Moochers Electing Looters to Steal from Producers

    August 22, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Italmn

    Ted Cruz is Psychopathic and dangerous.

    August 22, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Truthfully, the "Christian" conservaties are just hoping he hit a nerve with black people who THEY feel are lazy and underserving.

    August 22, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    What did Nixon, Ford, St. Reagen,Bush 1 & Bush 2 do for a living besides getting a check from the Guvment ?

    August 22, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. PJ

    Conservatives would "embrace" a tree if they saw it leaning to the right. It was a speech idiots, about working-
    something Congress knows nothing about.

    August 22, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Bluto

    Funny, why didn't any liberal commentators pick up on this...
    They could have said "that was a great speech for young adults"
    Hmm, maybe it's just that most liberals support handouts much more than conservatives...

    August 22, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. freedom


    Because Democrats' policies don't encourage or stimulate free enterprise and capitalism. They encourage government regulation which stifles small business owners, and government aid, which doesn't promote individual responsibility. The most recent disturbing examples under the Obama administration are the large amount of food stamps being given out, the high unemployment rate – due to the upcoming Obamacare mandates, and total uncertainty in the market.

    August 22, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Red Winged Black Bird

    Kutcher's speech was hardly original or *heartfelt..* He was channeling Steven Jobs, pause for pause, gesture
    for gesture and expression for expression. Possibly some words for words. If you really want to be impressed
    watch Jobs on you tube for a few hours.

    August 22, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    correction: undeserving.

    August 22, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Jim

    It isn't only conservatives who believe in the value of hard work. Seems that they often fail to understand the fact that "liberal" covers a *very* wide range of people. Most people I know who consider themselves liberal don't have a checklist of things they agree on 100% in order to be "one of us". Self proclaimed conservatives do seem to march in lockstep to a much greater degree. I don't entirely disagree with all conservative stances, but I don't agree with all of them either.

    August 22, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Antonio666

    What the hell would Sarah "Half-Term" Palin know about hard work?

    August 22, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. bryan

    Wow why are the lefties on here attacking republicans instead of saying that they also agree with kelso's speech?

    why not just agree?

    August 22, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. jinx9to88

    Are these the same GOP that want and have been cutting education? I think education is a big part in whether a person can succeed in life. Same old hypocrite GOP we learn to love or hate.

    August 22, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Tony

    Funny how all these conservatives who make money sitting on their a$$es flapping their jaws are praising "hard work". Like they have any clue what hard work is.

    August 22, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Data Driven


    I'm completely mystified by the existence of this upload, both in content and in reaction by GOPhers to it.

    Ashton Kutcher in political news. Wow.

    September can't get here fast enough.

    August 22, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Carol

    Demi did a fine job of raising Kutcher.

    August 22, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. 1Joyce

    What a shame that a remark made by a young person, encouraging other young people to work hard, has to become so political – on both sides. Good for you Ashton Kutcher. You may have helped someone to keep striving for more. Nothing wrong with that.

    August 22, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. steve-0

    What did Sarah Palin ever work hard at??She's a lazy twit

    August 22, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. me

    Oh look, Sarah is still holding on by a thread... I hear Weiner is looking for a new chat buddy and since you've got lots of time why don't you look him up and the two of you idiots can disappear together... Hard work and menial jobs are understood by PEOPLE, it's not a right or a left thing... there are winners and losers on both sides of that coin... but, hey, let's continue to drive a wedge into this country, that will solve all of our issues

    August 22, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. drinker75

    As a six figure earning Democrat, I believe it's the Republicans red state base that doesn't understand hard work.

    August 22, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. bulletman

    Why does everything have to become political in this country? I listened to Rush that day and he made it clear that Ashton was a democrat. He was praising the speech and never mentioned anything about democrats didn't work hard. I know it might come as a surprise but everything isn't political in this world

    August 22, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. kayla

    ashton is a democrat

    August 22, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. hubert39

    What would happen if Kutcher had to be in a movie with a black person? He would probably freak out.
    Why are their not more conservatives in Hollywood? They refused to work with with blacks, Jews and Latinos.. and other minorities.
    Of course you have the Liberal Republicans who are not afraid of minorities.

    August 22, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. John

    Where in their comments did these GOP people bash dems or liberals?? They are just making light of a good speech that takes into accountablity. Yet you guys turn it into something that they were attacking liberals. Man you guys are just amazing.... BTW, i don't hear any liberals applauding his speech.

    August 22, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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