Ashton Kutcher sans wedding ring slams media integrity in video
Ashton Kutcher has been uncharacteristically silent since it was reported that he cheated on his wife Demi Moore, but now the actor has spoken out, slamming the media's lack of integrity.
In the video posted on the new social network site Chime.In, Kutcher appears a bit weary and is no longer wearing his wedding ring.
"I just wanted to open up a little dialogue on the state of honesty. The state of truth. The status of truth as it pertains to literature and media," Kutcher said in the video, which was published on October 19. "Because publishers had a limited amount of inventory, publishers held great scrutiny over what they would be willing to print -- they were the gatekeepers of the truth. If it seemed like something wasn't the truth, they wouldn't print it because their reputation was on the line."
"When the cost structure comes down on printing... the level of honesty of literature started to plummet, the integrity of literature started to plummet because it was so easy to do," Kutcher continued. "I started thinking about that in relation to media and social media today where the threshold to actually have literature printed and distributed, the cost threshold is zero dollars. Thereby there is no gatekeeper of the truth."
"We are our own editors, we are our own publishers and we are our own printers. Thereby, people can bastardize the truth in any way, shape or form that they want and spread that around the world," Kutcher said. "There's that old saying where a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can leave someone's lips... I was thinking that we really have to take it upon ourselves to instill a level of honesty in the works in the media that we create and share with one another and be certain that we are doing our own diligence that what we are saying is for the benefit of another."
Kutcher and Moore have appeared in public several times since rumors emerged that their marriage was in jeopardy.
The couple recently visited a Kaballah center in Los Angeles, where they attended a private meeting and they were also spotted on a Kaballah camping retreat.
Kutcher recently addressed rumors of his alleged split from his wife Demi Moore with cryptic Twitter messages.
The "Two and a Half Men" actor first posted a link to the Public Enemy song, "Don't Believe The Hype," which features the lyrics, "I'm the epitome - a public enemy. Used, abused without clues, I refused to blow a fuse. They even had it on the news. Don't believe the hype."
On Thursday morning, he also Tweeted, "When you ASSUME to know that which you know nothing of you make an [expletive] out of U and ME."
Moore has not addressed the rumors and spokespeople for the actors had no immediate comment about the reports.
The tabloid magazine Star, said in its recent cover story that the two are headed for a $290 million divorce and have been living apart for months. Online reports said the 33-year-old actor had a fling with a 22-year-old woman.
The actor's alleged mistress Sara Leal recently spoke out for the first time since the actor's reported indiscretion and claims her life has become a "mess" since the incident.
Similar reports of indiscretion were made in October 2010. At the time, Kutcher said: "I think Star magazine calling me a 'cheater' qualifies as defamation of character. I hope my lawyer agrees. STAR magazine - you don't get to stand behind 'freedom of the press' when you are writing fiction."
Later that month, the couple jetted off to Israel for what Kutcher called a spiritual journey. He and Moore, 48, practice Jewish Mysticism, known as Kaballah, and have visited the Jewish state before.
The pair married in 2005 after dating for about two years. They spent their sixth wedding anniversary on Sept. 24 apart, People magazine said.
It said Kutcher, who recently made his debut as the new star of the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," was in San Diego, California at the time while Moore was in New York to promote a short film she directed about breast cancer for the Lifetime cable network.
The actress also Tweeted this cryptic quote on September 23: "When we are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself & study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. -Epictetus."