Ashton Kutcher prematurely defends fired Penn State coach Joe Paterno
Foot-in-mouth syndrome for "Two and a Half Men" stars extends beyond Charlie Sheen. His successor, Ashton Kutcher, caused a Twitter fury Wednesday night after taking to his account to post an ill-informed tweet in which he defended ousted Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
Kutcher, whose Twitter handle is @aplusk, tweeted: "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste" (the tweet has since been removed from his page). The response, obviously, was scathing and before long the star confessed he was unaware that the firing came in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal at the school.
A Twitter mea culpa quickly ensued.
"Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!" Kutcher later said to his more than 8 million followers. "Didn't have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes"
Attempting to right his wrong even further, the actor responded to folks blasting his ignorance -- many users called him an "idiot" and suggested he "use his brain" in the future -- and later offered this statement: "As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case."
In response to the negative feedback he received, Kutcher has opted to take a vow of silence on his account until he can find a way to "properly manage" his feed. Adding that he felt "awful" about the error.
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: "Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher. Credit: Getty Images