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I just wanted to open up a little dialogue on the state of honesty. The state of truth."
With these words, Ashton Kutcher begins his most indirectly direct response to his cheating scandal to date. The 33-year-old Two and a Half Men star posted a new video to the social media video outlet Chime.In Thursday to discuss the way truth and honesty is represented in media and in literature.
But in Light of Kutcher's alleged affair with 22-year-old Sara Leal and the accompanying rumors of marital discord with his 48-year-old wife Demi Moore, it's hard not to read more deeply into Ashton's philosophical ruminations. To those listening, it sounds like Kutcher is really trying to say that people shouldn't believe everything they read in the media -- perhaps especially about him. (Watch an excerpt from the video below, and judge for yourself.)
In the four-minute video, Kutcher posits that the decline in the cost of printing over the centuries and decades is basically directly proportional to the diffusion of lies in the written word.
"I started thinking about that in relation to social media and media today. The threshold to have literature printed and distributed -- the cost structure went down to zero dollars," he explains. "Thereby, there is no gatekeeper of the truth. We are our own editors, and our own publishers. We are our own printers. Therefore people can bastardize the truth in any way, shape or truth they want."
He then adds, "There's a saying that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can hit someone's lips."
Both Kutcher and Moore are known for their open dialogue with their fans via social networking websites like Twitter, so the silence following the spate of rumors surrounding the couple made waves in and of itself.
Neither Kutcher nor Moore have made a direct statement either confirming or denying rumors that they're experiencing marital problems, and they have yet to acknowledge Leal's claim that she and Kutcher had unprotected sex. The closest Kutcher has come to denying the rumors was in a cryptic Spotify Twitter update in which he linked directly to a song called "Don't Believe The Hype."
But if Kutcher wants us all to be our own editors in a media age where anyone can claim to tell the truth, we can't help but wonder why he hasn't stepped up to deny the rumors that he and Leal had an affair. For someone who typically has such an open dialogue with the masses, it seems like Kutcher is holding back -- and a lot of evidence points in that direction. Hopefully Moore at least knows the truth of what happened -- and hopefully it's a truth that the couple's marriage can survive.