Ashton Kutcher Faces Backlash for Defending Danny Masterson Amid Controversy
In a recent turn of events, Ashton Kutcher, the renowned Hollywood actor, has come under fire for his defense of former co-star Danny Masterson. Masterson, who recently faced a conviction for raping two women, has been a subject of intense scrutiny and criticism.
On September 12, Kutcher took to his mailing list, set up in 2019, to address the backlash he and his wife, Mila Kunis, have faced for writing character letters in support of Masterson. The message, which was sent to all subscribers, read, "A friend said something to me today: We have one heart we can fill in with hatred or love. I chose love." This defense, however, did not sit well with many.
Social media platforms, including X (formerly known as Twitter), were abuzz with reactions from fans and critics alike. One user pointed out the contradiction in Kutcher's statement, saying, "Who's gonna tell him that someone who chooses to fill their heart with love isn't gonna side with a literal rapist? That is the opposite of picking love. That's siding with violence and hatred." Another user echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the importance of compassion and decency.
The controversy doesn't end there. Following the backlash, Kutcher and Kunis released an apology video addressing their decision to write the letters. However, this did little to quell the storm. Chrissie Bixler, a former girlfriend of Masterson and one of his victims, took to Instagram to share her thoughts. In a series of posts, Bixler hinted at secrets from the "That ‘70s Show" set and directly addressed both Kutcher and Kunis. She alluded to an incident from February 21, 2001, where she claimed to have overheard a conversation between Kutcher and Masterson. Bixler's posts insinuated that Kutcher might have been complicit or at least aware of some of Masterson's actions.
The entire episode has raised several questions about the responsibilities and roles of celebrities in society, especially when it comes to supporting or defending individuals with questionable actions. While Kutcher's intentions might have been rooted in friendship and loyalty, the public's reaction underscores the importance of being sensitive and informed, especially in matters as grave as sexual assault.
As the story unfolds, it remains to be seen how this controversy will impact Kutcher's career and public image. One thing is clear: in today's digital age, celebrities' actions and words are under constant scrutiny, and they must tread carefully.