Ashton Kutcher has declared a Twitter moratorium following a misguided tweet about Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach fired in the wake of a child sex abuse case involving his longtime defensive coordinator.
“As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed,” Kutcher wrote to his 8.2 million followers. “I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”
The Twitter sabbatical was prompted by a comment Kutcher shared Wednesday night after he apparently heard that the coach had been dismissed.
The “Two and a Half Men” star (or whoever tweets on his behalf) issued this comment: “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.” Sometime shortly thereafter, he became aware of more of the facts involved in the situation, which prompted him to tweet: “Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!” and “Didn’t have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes.”
All of these tweets have since been removed from Kutcher’s feed. Now the only evidence that he ever weighed in on the sad situation at Penn State is a tweet that says, “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case.”
The error was a particularly unfortunate one for Kutcher since he and wife Demi Moore founded the DNA Foundation, an organization working toward an end to child sex slavery.
Some of Kutcher’s fans seemed to think the Twitter break wasn’t necessary.
“@aplusk Take it easy, you are still human. Breath...,” tweeted one.
But after what has been a rocky couple of months for Kutcher — a man who is at the center of his own scandal involving alleged cheating and rumored problems with his marriage to Moore — this kind of screw-up was the last thing he needed.