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Ashton Kutcher Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Slurs on Twitter

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In response to a follower who called him "gay" for hurting his hand on a punching bag at the gym, Ashton Kutcher twittered (to his 290,655 followers): "can we just get clear, calling some one 'gay' or 'fag' is as derogatory as calling someone a 'nigger'. U look like an idiot when you do it."

(southern voice via queerty)

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  1. kudos, mr k.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Mar 11, 2009 5:17:12 PM


  2. Normally I would say you look like an idiot if you use "U" instead of "You," but the combination of Twitter character limits and not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth will lead me to say - thanks, Ashton!

    Posted by: Harrison | Mar 11, 2009 5:21:16 PM


  3. Who knew that Ashton is as fair-minded as he is cute? Way to go Ashton!

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 11, 2009 5:23:48 PM


  4. Thanks Ashton, but I think he meant you SOUND like an idiot when you use it?

    ...just wondering

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 11, 2009 5:28:25 PM


  5. Eh, obviously calling someone gay is not always an insult. Just to be pedantic.

    Posted by: Occono | Mar 11, 2009 5:29:47 PM


  6. good for that fag!

    Posted by: reddevilboy | Mar 11, 2009 5:40:12 PM


  7. Yeah, he means well, but is "gay" derogatory? He should explain that the word has been co-opted and transferred to a negative connotation and needs to be taken out of that context. I don't think "nigger" was ever a warn and fuzzy descriptive.

    Posted by: freddy | Mar 11, 2009 5:52:24 PM


  8. Good for him -- he probably reached many people who had not previously been chided.

    Posted by: K | Mar 11, 2009 5:56:32 PM


  9. I appreciate his good intentions, but calling someone "gay" isn't automatically derogatory unless it is meant to be be an insult.

    Posted by: Patrick | Mar 11, 2009 6:02:08 PM


  10. Jeez I'm tired of all this censorship. Black people can't call each other niggers, gays can't call each other fags. b/f u know I won't be able to call my mom a bitch n e more.

    Posted by: Brandon | Mar 11, 2009 6:08:01 PM


  11. Hey Andy - speaking of slurs - right now if I do a google search on my iphone one of the ads is for a child/teen porn site. This doesn't seem very googly in nature as it seems to equate being a lesbian with interest in child porn. I don't know your email or I could send you a snapshot I made of the screen containing the ad. The same ad does not show up on my computer.

    Posted by: kjb | Mar 11, 2009 6:09:11 PM


  12. Who's ashton kutcher again? And you're right, patrick...because I when I say gay, I mean stupid...because that's cool ;) (kudos sarah silverman!)

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 11, 2009 6:10:43 PM


  13. Ugh, Ashton is SO GAY!

    Posted by: JR | Mar 11, 2009 6:16:38 PM


  14. i heart ashton kutcher. cute and smart!

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 11, 2009 6:20:28 PM


  15. Sure, Patrick, because I'm sure Ashton mistook a compliment for an insult. Any other useless clarifications for us today?

    Posted by: David T | Mar 11, 2009 6:27:04 PM


  16. Jeez guys, here's someone who actually called out this horrible trend of using gay and fag derogatorily and you are picking apart the semantics? He's an ALLY, so lighten up on him!

    Good for Ashton.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Mar 11, 2009 7:05:01 PM


  17. I think it's great that he pointed out that people who use gay as another word for shitty or people that use fag are assholes,they are. For the gay people in here who have to pick apart his good intentions,you're gross. Thanks you ashton ,more people need to speak out about this bullying,especially parents who hear their kids calling each other fag and gay as insults,it is exactly like nigger,and its not ok,

    Posted by: Chad | Mar 11, 2009 7:24:50 PM


  18. Aww....Thanks, Ashton! And sorry about some of these loser, tightass, can't-see-the-forest-for-the-trees comments on here.

    Posted by: mcQLA | Mar 11, 2009 7:43:13 PM


  19. Those of you picking on Ashton are SO Gay.

    Fez on That 70's Show is WAY Gay!

    I'm TOTALLY Gay.

    Plucked eyebrows and tight True Religion Jeans are TOO Gay.

    That douche Twink from Survivor is JUST Gay.

    Oh Gawd! Now I'm being bitchy and REALLY Gay!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 11, 2009 7:43:16 PM


  20. great job Ashton --- ignore the self hating FAGS (meant to be derogatory) who are carping on this as a negative or who are "embracing" gay

    as if

    FAGS n.
    Self Hating Homosexuals (Gays)


    Posted by: RJP3 | Mar 11, 2009 7:47:15 PM


  21. It should not be used in a derogatory way. the people who use it in the manner indicated by Aston are being derogatory. It depends on the context it's used. So good for this Aston guy....at least he identified the shit heads who use "gay" as a derogatory term and chided them for it. He's brave ! And now let's not tolerate its misuse any more......and stop spliting fucking hairs !

    Posted by: Hephaistion | Mar 11, 2009 7:48:16 PM


  22. I love that Ashton is onside. If he wanted to be really clear, he could have said that calling someone gay as an insult is like calling someone black or Jew as an insult, and that calling someone fag is like calling someone nigger or kike.
    It may seem like splitting hairs, but kids (and adults} need to understand that there`s nothing wrong with using words like gay or black or Jewish correctly. In other words, there`s nothing wrong with being gay.
    Anyway, good for Ashton!

    Posted by: GregV | Mar 11, 2009 8:00:00 PM


  23. Ashton may play dumb in the movies and on TV but in real life he's one smart dude. And a good friend to us all.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 11, 2009 8:39:42 PM


  24. While I think Twitter is another lame tool of Satan to steal our souls, Ashton made himself perfectly clear [even within the 140 CHARACTER limit of Twitter] except to the retarded.

    Bravo!

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Mar 11, 2009 9:04:41 PM


  25. Kudos Ashton, it's refreshing that a popular culture icon is taking a visible stance against bigotry.

    A shame that some comments above are even finding fault with Kutcher taking a stand for the LGBT community. Shame on you guys.

    Posted by: CJ | Mar 11, 2009 9:40:11 PM


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