After actor Ashton Kutcher spoke about the virtues of hard work as he accepted an award at a televised ceremony, conservatives of course took that to mean that Kutcher was against social welfare programs and clearly extolling solely conservative paradigms of “hard work equals rewards.” CNN’s Don Lemon, while discussing this sudden admiration that conservatives have for Kutcher despite his long history of activism for left-leaning, if not outright liberal causes, just said what we were all thinking.
[box type=”shadow” ] “I think he’s right on, but when did working hard or having a solid work ethic become only a conservative value?”[/box]
Exactly Don. Exactly. As Lemon and fellow CNN anchor Jake Tapper discussed further, conservatives most likely have an ill-opinion of the “Hollywood Librulz” and just assume that all of them have no work ethic. It must be impossible for them to understand that Kutcher, though from the Midwest, has worked so tirelessly for liberal causes, or they most likely don’t know anything about that. Regardless, Lemon hit the nail on the head by calling out the right-wing for trying to hijack an apolitical message of hard work and twist it to fit their austerity agenda.
Watch the full discussion of Kutcher’s speech here, courtesy of Mediaite: