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Thursday
Nov102011

Ashton Kutcher Catches Heat over Joe Paterno Tweet

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashton Kutcher is catching heat for a tweet about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's firing.

Kutcher tweeted Wednesday night to his 8.3 million Twitter followers, “How do you fire Jo Pa?  #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.”

Paterno was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.  School officials have been blamed for not notifying the police about Sandusky's alleged crimes against young boys that apparently went on for years.

Kutcher's tweet triggered a rush of responses from people blasting him: "Today's lesson? @aplusk Think (get facts) before you tweet! #yikes,” wrote Laurie Good.  Another follower wrote, “With 8 million followers, you MAY want to reserve your opinions until you know the whole story.”

Kutcher removed his original tweet a short time later and then tweeted, “Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn't have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes”

The actor followed that with, “This is an insane story, I just heard paterno was fired, getting the rest of the story now...Wow.”

Kutcher then tweeted, “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case.”

To the Twitter followers who criticized him, Kutcher replied, “Honestly just had half facts man my bad” and "U r right, I need 2b more responsible 4 my voice.”

A Kutcher tweet early Thursday morning stated, "As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won't happen again."

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