Conservative talk-radio icon Rush Limbaugh is praising a Hollywood actor who told attendees of the Teen Choice Awards that hard work and being smart and thoughtful are keys to success.
“Right on,” Limbaugh said of actor Ashton Kutcher’s address over the weekend. “This is a message that young kids today are not hearing except maybe in their homes from their parents, but they’re not hearing this. They’re not hearing this from Obama. They’re not hearing this from presidential or political leadership.
“This kind of message of hard work, the traditional American route to success and happiness is what’s being made fun of, it’s what’s being said is not possible anymore.”
Kutcher said he believes “that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”
“I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than,” he said. “I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”
Limbaugh said young people have been taught “that evil corporations and evil Republicans and the rich have taken it all from them.”
“Do not laugh,” he said. “The vast majority of even college graduates are taught this. So when Kutcher, at the Teen Choice Awards, stands up and offers a traditional, uplifting, motivational and inspirational speech on how he became successful, it’s remarkable. I say remarkable because the low-information crowd watching it is hearing it. They ended up cheering it, and they’re not hearing it, except perhaps in their homes.”
Kutcher also said the “sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart and being thoughtful, and being generous.”
“Everything else is crap, I promise you,” he said. “It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.”
Limbaugh called the insight “profound.”
"Kids watching this show, that age group, are not hearing this message. Smart is made fun of. Smart is mocked, Smart is something that's a sellout, to some people."
He noted that while he was not familiar with Kutcher's politics, the actor is in Hollywood and was married to Demi Moore, "and she is a Hollywood liberal."
"I don't know if the things he's saying here from Sunday night are things that he has always believed or if they're new. … All I know is that what he said is right on. All I know is that what he said is exactly what young people in this country need to hear," Limbaugh said.
He said fans may assume that Kutcher was "born on the red carpet," so the message has even more impact.
"They're not hearing it from Obama. They're not hearing it from any Democrat," Limbaugh said. "They're not hearing a can-do. They're not hearing America is great. They're not hearing about American exceptionalism. They're not hearing anything about opportunity equals hard work. They're not hearing the message that hard work pays off.
"They're not hearing the message that having a job is a great way to become successful and prosperous. They're not hearing about how one job's a stepping stone to another job, where you climb, they're not hearing this, folks. They are not hearing this.
"Admit it: This is one of the things that has been quietly eating away at all of us. All the things that we were raised by, all the things we were raised with growing up, they have vanished, they're laughed at, mocked, and made fun of because it's not possible anymore."
The talk-show host noted that the actor is appearing in a movie as Apple computer founder Steve Jobs.
"This next sound bite is Steve Jobs. And this is how he finished in his remarks Sunday night. He was receiving the Ultimate Choice Award."
Kutcher said: "Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things. You can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don't live one, build one. Find your opportunities, and always be sexy."
Limbaugh noted Kutcher "pointed at his head when he said, 'Always be sexy' – not below his waist."
Limbaugh also pointed out the significance of a teen idol making such a statement.
Young peoples' minds, he said, "are being polluted, perverted, and poisoned with nothing but negativism and pessimism, which is easy."
"It's easy to be depressed. It's easy to be fatalistic and down in the dumps. And it's easy to take refuge in the fact that you have no confidence, that other people are better than you are. And this pessimism is being taught, it's being ingrained in people during the formative years of their education," said Limbaugh.
"And what that means is, this country is being lied about to these people. Young people are being told lies and falsehoods about the absolute unique, wonderful, great, God-given opportunity to live in this country and be an American, and it just irritates me beyond my ability to express it.
"Kudos to Ashton Kutcher. I'm sure by the time he hears about this I will be the devil incarnate, but regardless, kudos to him."
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