“Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher is stopping by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday (Nov. 6), where he talks with host Ellen DeGeneres about his 2014 Teen Choice Awards show speech, where he urged kids to work hard and be smart.
“It just felt like an opportunity to be honest,” says Kutcher. “I think that so much of what we see in the world today is this sort of propaganda machine around fame and around celebrity and I actually think there are some kids in the world that grow up today and think, ‘I want to be famous’ instead of when I grow up I want to do something, I want to build something, I want to create something.”
“I thought it was a valuable moment to actually let them know that all that is kind of crap and that working hard and being thoughtful and generous and smart — it’s a path to a better life,” Kutcher continues. “And usually when you go to those shows it’s people propagating the fame machine over and over and over and over again, so I thought it was an opportunity to do something different and I hope that, you know, if there is one person that was listening that pursues a different path I think it did what I wanted it to do.”
He goes on to talk about the dangerous sense of entitlement that is starting to emerge in our society.
“You have people who are famous for the sake of being famous or famous for the sake of being second-generation wealthy families,” says Kutcher. “I think it shifts a dynamic in society and I also think there’s an entitlement that’s starting to emerge that I think is unhealthy for people and unhealthy for our country. And its funny, I talk to some of my friends and they don’t want to get a job at Starbuck, or they don’t want to get a job at wherever because they feel like its below them and I think the only thing that can be below you is to not have a job.”
Below, Kutcher also talks about his Movember mustache — “I’m a grower, not a shower. Mine’s not quite filled in.”