Friday, August 30, 2013

Ashton Kutcher's refreshing, "sexy" message to teens

There is a small chance for rain for this Sunday's Opening BBQ.  If it is raining between 12-4 pm, the BBQ (and 1000 Chipotle burritos) will be at the GW Newman Center, 2210 F St.


Another pleasant surprise coming from the world of celebrities, this time a short speech by popular actor Ashton Kutcher at the "Teen Choice Awards" this summer.  He emphasized three points to the teens who are enamored with him: opportunity, what's really beautiful, and living life.  The last part might err in the usual realm of overly individualistic, but the first two parts are really good. 

Two things struck me about this: 1) it is incredibly refreshing.  I don't remember the last time I heard a positive message to teens from a celebrity. If you know of another speech like this, please post a comment about it. 2) Something is stirring inside Kutcher that might be really good.  It took a lot of courage for him to do this, not just with that audience, but with Hollywood in general. 

Maybe this is a result of making the movie on Steve Jobs, but whatever it's been, the guy seems inspired. But, the point about what is truly good and beautiful - what is "sexy" as he says - is the main thing that intrigued and inspired me.  He probably turned the worlds of thousands if not millions of teens upside down by saying that "the sexiest thing in the entire world is to be really be thoughtful...and to be generous".  Sexy has to do with the soul, not the body!

HERE is the link to the video with the brief description of the one who posted it: "Encouraging words from an unlikely source. Someone in Hollywood finally telling our kids (and whoever else is listening) 3 keys: building a life rather than living one, find your opportunities, and always be sexy." 

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