Ashton Kutcher was interviewed by ELLE to promote the upcoming jOBS in which he plays Steve Jobs. The film screened at Sundance and was supposed to be released in April but has been pushed back, supposedly because it’s not that great.
The piece is, obviously, mostly a dick-suck. Ashton is so tech-savvy. He’s tech-savvier than anyone in Hollywood. He practically discovered Skype. He beat up CNN. Whatever. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you already know about his fraud. Click here and here for refreshers.
The piece also posits that Ashton isn’t... dumb. And the way he sees it, you only think he’s dumb because he led you to believe that, so that he could exploit you for information:
"People fill in the blanks really fast. They go, 'Oh my God, he's on a show and [plays] stupid, so he must be stupid,' " he says. "I can't control that, nor do I try to, nor do I want to." Arguably, he's the one who perpetuates the misconception. No one on a mission to be taken seriously would have signed on for the ubiquitous Nikon ad campaign in which Kutcher impishly spies on a bevy of hot young women, as though confirming—ironically?—all of the long-standing assumptions about him: that he is droll and delightful, yes; easy on the eyes, for sure; but a lightweight. "There’s something advantageous about having people underestimate your intellect, insomuch as a lot of things are revealed to you. They assume you don't know what you're talking about, then all of a sudden, you do. And the next thing you know, you have information you wouldn’t normally have."
Remember when Ashton tweeted his support for Joe Paterno after the Penn State scandal broke, and then had to apologise because he, the King of Twitter, didn’t know what the f-ck he was talking about?
“My sincere apologies to anyone who I offended. It was a mistake that I don't think will not happen again.”
I didn’t know what it meant then. I still don’t know what that means now. But that was only part of it. Click here to revisit his dumbassness...
I guess we can assume was intentional so that he could fool us because he’s really actually very smart? The fallout from that resulted in Ashton then handing responsibility over to his publicists, like a proper coward.
But, you know, his ignorance, at the time, his ignorance was only in service of his great mind, that we continually fail to appreciate. And this is Our Loss.
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