'Two And A Half Men' Star Ashton Kutcher Speaks Out On Privacy After Backing Up Uber Executive In Journalist Debacle

Actor Ashton Kutcher has written an opinion piece about jounalism and privacy after backing up an Uber executive's call to expose lives of female reporters, according to Just Jared.

The "Two and a Half Men" star began the piece published on his website by posing a question about public and private information. He then began to mention how difficult it is for celebrities like him to always fear having something bad written about them.

"Where is the line for 'the public's right to know?'" Kutcher asked. "Is it just public companies, politicians, celebs, families of celebs, and employees of successful private companies who are fair game, while well-known journalists are off-limits?"

He then referenced the Uber executive's debacle with a journalist, saying: "I do not think journalists should be bullied, but I do think that with the vast shift of media dynamics that has taken place since the birth of social media, we need to consider and revisit the boundaries of what we believe to be ethical in news gathering."

Kutcher ended the piece by posing a series of questions. "Maybe we should think about what freedom of the press really is, and what constitutes an invasion of privacy, hearsay or outright slander?" he asked. "Now that I've posted this on my media platform, am I a journalist?"

A week ago, Kutcher backed Uber executive Emil Michael's suggestion to expose "personal lives and families" of reporters who write negatively about their service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kutcher, who is an Uber investor through his company A Grade Ventures, took to his Twitter account to share his thoughts about the issue.

"What is so wrong about digging up dirt on shady journalist?" the actor asked, tagging PandoDaily, TechCrunch and Uber.

While Uber ironed out its issues with the journalist in question, Kutcher caught himself in a Twitter tirade after backing up Michael, according to Business Insider.

"So as long as journalist are interested and willing to print half truths as facts... Yes we should question the source," Kutcher said in a tweet.

He then followed it with a post saying he was speaking for himself and not the service. After one more tweet and an onslaught of backlash from Twitter users, Kutcher ultimately said he was wrong about the issue but still hoped journalists were also regarded as public figures.

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