UPDATE-Joe Paterno is fired. Penn stat officials announced yesterday amid a firestorm of media attention and student outrage. Celebrities also appeared to get caught up in the firestorm of emotions as Ashton Kutcher (who should be more concerned about his failing marriage to Demi Moore) sparked controversy with his 8 million Twitter followers over his premature protest of Joe Paterno’s firing.
Ashton Kutcher has since deleted his controversial tweet following overwhelming criticisms, admitting he hadn’t known about the sex abuse scandal at Penn State.
Here was Kutcher’s initial tweet;
“How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.”
Kutcher’s followers (which stands at 8 million) responded with an explosion of insults blasting the actor for defending the 84 year old coach, who is under fire for possibly covering up former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky‘s alleged sex abuse of young boys.
Kutcher then realized he made an error in judgment and quickly attempted to recant his statement by claiming he didn’t have all the facts. A statement difficult to believe considering the Paterno story has dominated headlines since last week.
“Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn’t have full story.” Kutcher stated in a somewhat fumbled attempt to save face.
He later deleted that message and added this one;
“As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case.”
“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.” SN: Did Ashton reveal he has a ghost writer for his Twitter account???
Ashton Kutcher may not be the only one in serious need of exercising self control as enraged Penn State students stormed the campus yesterday evening smashing windows and over turning cars fearing the state of Penn State Nittany Lions football team.
The students shouted “Hell no, Joe won’t go” and “We want Joe back” as they sang the schools alma mater as a sign of support and solidarity for their dejected hero.
Jerry Sandusky, the primary culprit, maintains his innocence even while charged with 40 criminal counts, accusing him of molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Two PSU administrators who have since stepped aside have also been charged with failing to notify authorities of a 2002 incident reported by an eyewitness. Like Kutcher, the students of Penn State should concern themselves with the fate of those children and everyone who turned a blind eye to the abuse and less about a winning a football game.