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Ashton Kutcher Speech: Why His Teen Choice Awards Speech Went Viral

Ashton Kutcher delivered an inspirational speech at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, and in the days since the words of wisdom have found viral life in some unlikely places.

The speech came as the actor was honored with the Ultimate Choice prize, the Teen Choice Awards equivalent of the lifetime achievement award. Instead of delivering the standard speech thanking teens for supporting him, Ashton Kutcher gave them some advice about believing in yourself and knowing the value of hard work.

“I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job,” said Ashton, who also admitted that his real first name is Chris. “And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job. And I never quit my job until I had my next job.”

Though he’s one of the biggest actors today, with a role in the hit Two And A Half Men and the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Ashton said he’s also held some pretty menial jobs, including deli worker.

In the speech, Ashton went on to say that “the sexiest thing in the entire world” is being smart.

“Life can be a lot broader,” he said, “when you realize one simple thing — and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own thing. You can build your own life.”

Though it was delivered close to a week ago, the Ashton Kutcher speech has found a new life on the internet, with countless Facebook shares and some popularity in unlikely places.

Right-wing blogs in particular have been enamored with Kutcher’s speech and its message of self-sufficiency. The Blaze, the news site spun off by talk show host Glenn Beck, explored just why the speech has become so popular in a webcast this week.

Rush Limbaugh also praised the speech, saying it is a message kids are not hearing “from their parents” or “from Obama.”

“This kind of message of hard work, the traditional American route to success and happiness is what’s being made fun of, it’s what’s being said is not possible anymore,” Limbaugh said.

The Ashton Kutcher speech at the Teen Choice Awards is also drawing comparisons to another famous message to a younger generation, the 2005 commencement speech to Stanford graduates delivered by Steve Jobs. Maybe playing the Apple co-founder on screen rubbed off on Ashton.

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17 Responses to “Ashton Kutcher Speech: Why His Teen Choice Awards Speech Went Viral”

  1. Ryan Quattro

    Um, because he is talking about jobs? Are you seriously suggesting that he was trying to subliminally suggest people see his movies? This from Ashton–sorry, Chris–Kutcher?

  2. Ryan Quattro

    Sorry, kiddies, but there are many people smarter, stronger, funnier, and otherwise more talented than you. Spreading the myth that we are all equal in talent does not help things. What we should be doing is for people to find their niche and exploit it. Do what makes you happy regardless of its societal status.

  3. Elizabeth Rowe

    He blatantly plagiarized almost ALL of that from Steve Jobs….the line "everything in the world was created by someone no smarter than you" I just watched a bio on Jobs where he said several of the things Kutcher said in his speech!

  4. Elizabeth Rowe

    Watch some of Steve Jobs' interviews THEN rewatch the Ashton speech…yea he saw the lights & camera and thought he was still playing a great man! Give credit where credit is due.

  5. John Michael Taylor

    He wasn't spreading a myth that we are all equal in talent, I have no idea how you could have arrived at that conclusion from the full clip. His message was pretty basic. Hard work leads to opportunities, don't believe you are better than hard work. The most admirable traits for people are being smart, thoughtful, and generous. And attempt to build your future with your own talents/efforts, rather than allowing others to define it for you.

  6. Ryan Quattro

    Intelligence is organic. You either have it or you don’t. But being thoughtful and generous–two attributes much more admirable than smarts–is a characteristic anyone can possess.

  7. Staci Davis

    Maybe the entire speech came from Steve Jobs. Maybe he wanted to bring attention to himself & his movie. Does it matter? He said things that kids need to hear. It's a very simple speech. Stated in a matter of fact way. Who cares if he reiterated something Steve Jobs said a few years ago. He can now reach a different audience and maybe, just maybe, someone was listening and will act on what they heard.

  8. Jacalyn Marquart

    Ryan Quattro What I got out of the 'being smart' comment was to work hard in school and educate yourself. There's some level or organic intelligence, however studying hard can further your natural gifts.

  9. Jacalyn Marquart

    Ryan Quattro What I got out of the 'being smart' comment was to work hard in school and educate yourself. There's some level or organic intelligence, however studying hard can further your natural gifts.

  10. Joshua Kyle Maillet

    He never once said anything about talent. I believe he was trying to encourage a generation of stereotypical teenagers who are poorly influenced by society, politics, religion and mentors. We need more speeches like this one. And I do understand what you're saying, but I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to make sense of this clip and comprehend that he's not telling every person that's under 5ft that if they believe in themselves that they can play in the NBA some day. Then again, some people are just critical.

  11. Joshua Kyle Maillet

    He blatantly referenced Steve Jobs. Regardless, who cares? Its a beautiful speech and if anything in this world should be plagiarized it should be that speech. It's not like Steve's going to speak those words anymore, so someone should.

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