Ashton Kutcher became an unlikely champion of the American values of hard work and generosity after a video of his speech at the Teen Choice Awards went viral on TheBlaze this week.
TheBlaze's story -- which has now become the most-read in the site's history and led to nearly 6 million views of the website on Wednesday -- has a staggering 513,000 "likes" on Facebook and 3,300 tweets on Twitter as of this article's writing. Those numbers encompass all Facebook or Twitter actions with the story, respectively, from people who hit "like" to share or comment on the story.
But the number of people who take the time to interact with a story is only a fraction of the number of people who actually read it.
According to TheBlaze's metrics, the original story now has topped 3.2 million million page views (and counting) and has been seen by 2.5 million unique visitors to TheBlaze.
The story has also topped TheBlaze's charts as the daily most-read story three days in a row, and shows no signs of abating.
In his speech, Kutcher said he believes “opportunity looks a lot like hard work” and even if it was "sweeping Cheerio dust" off the ground, he's never had a job in his life that he was "better" than. In addition to revealing that his real name is "Chris," Kutcher also said the "sexiest" thing in the entire world is being smart, thoughtful and generous.
So why does the story resonate so much? Some of our readers commented:
NeoConPunk: Whether he likes it or not he’s spouting conservative talking points. He’s a better spokesman for conservatives than Republicans are.
Anonymous T. Irrelevant: Great comments, Chris. I just hope the screaming teens understand.
iowabassboy: I live in the area where he’s originally from. His old high school is right down the street from my church. Although I’ve never met him personally, he is always showing up back here in rural Iowa. He’s always showing up at a local high school football game, or at the mall or at a local bar. It seems he has been one who has not forgotten where he is from and is holding on to his roots. I don’t know about his political or religious views, but he’s still a pretty decent guy.
Skawbo: Sounds like ‘Kelso’ woke up and learn something from doing the ‘Jobs’ movie. Good for him.
dwf1: Was he a closet Conservative and this is his coming out?
TMOverbeck: Good for him. I’m not much of a Kutcher fan, but I did like Butterfly Effect. And it was quite ballsy of him to do Punk’d.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Ashton declared himself a libertarian. That faction could use more star power.
saranda: See how good conservatism can sound if you don’t mention all the stuff about abortion, gays, blacks, mexicans, etc. Stick to the real conservative line and it makes sense to many people.
kost654321: good message. A stark contrast to, “the man” owes you an EBT card and a cellphone and 99 weeks of disability checks and free healthcare.
CapnCrumbles32: I’m convinced that he’s on some sort of high coming off the role as Steve Jobs. This is inconsistent with the roles and stances that he’s taken in the past. Never the less, credit where credit is do! Thanks Ashton for a much needed message of inspiration for today’s youth.
Joanne: Sounds like maybe he’s sick of the ‘crap’ Hollywood and the government is throwing at young people these days. He obviously worked and worked HARD as a kid and his career didn’t just come to him with NO work either. It’s very refreshing to see a successful young man in the entertainment field come out and speak PLAINLY to the kids who admire him. Good on ya Ashton!
Even Glenn Beck wrote:
See more of what Beck had to say about Kutcher's "incredibly insightful" speech.
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