A role model for America’s youth

In the wake of all the Miley Cyrus fallout, it’s heartening to be able remind ourselves that there are still actually vibrant role models out there for America’s children. (I won’t even post a link to the Miley Cyrus incident, seeing as I don’t want to subject you to how depressing it was.)

Last weekend I saw Jobs starring Chris (Ashton) Kutcher as Steve Jobs of Apple.

Having grown up watching Ashton in his various tv and movie escapades, I always tend to think of him as the funny guy– for example Dude, Where’s my Car, Just Married, or as the beloved Michael Kelso in That 70’s Show, one of my all-time favorites. And let’s not forget Punk’d. Wow, he’s really done a lot, and other than his very popular spokesmanship for Nikon, that’s a long list of all the reasons to think of him as quite the hilarious comedian (other than The Butterfly Effect, which was atypical for him at that time in that it was a serious role).

Seeing him surprisingly on the Colbert Report a few weeks ago spurred me to go see Jobs. I was absolutely floored by the thoughtfulness of everything he said so articulately– his interview with Stephen Colbert was poignant.

Watch Ashton’s Colbert interview

What a tactful, diplomatic and nonjudgmental response to Colbert’s question about Jobs’ character! Kutcher appears to have a great deal of empathy.

A few days later I saw his acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards:

There you have it from an actor /  entrepreneur / writer / producer– I found his words jaw-dropping. I think his Teen Choice Awards is probably the first of its kind– I’m actually afraid that perhaps his wise words were lost on the majority of the audience who may have been expecting a lighter speech.  I don’t know if they expected to hear profound messages about work ethic, seizing opportunities, and being smart, but I’m sure glad they all heard it.

I hope that he continues spreading these messages and that America truly listens. I wish other publicly visible people would follow Kutcher’s example, too.

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2 Comments on “A role model for America’s youth”

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