Friday, 1 July 2011

Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice

Let the loud typing begin!

Village Voice v. Ashton Kutcher: The Village Voice, which is bracing for a strike by its union-backed employees, is simultaneously involved in another feud--with Ashton Kutcher. In a triple-bylined cover story this week ("Real Men Get Their Facts Straight") the Voice takes issue with Kutcher's "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign against underage sex trafficking, and his claim that between "100,000 and 300,000" child sex slaves are lost to prostitution each year.

A Twitter war has broken out between Ashton Kutcher and weekly newspaper Village Voice.

The two went at it after the Voice published an article on Wednesday that questioned the child-prostitution statistics the actor offered in his "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" anti-sex-trafficking campaign.

And it all went downhill from there...

The 33-year-old started the tweet battle by revisiting a lawsuit publication is involved in.

"hey @villagevoice hows the lawsuit from the 15 year old victim who alleges you helped enslave them going?"

No response.

"speaking of data, maybe you can help me... How much $ did your 'escorts' in you classifieds on backpage make last year?"

No response.

"speaking of Data... How many of your girls selling themselves in your classifieds are you doing age verification on?" and "Find another way to justify that YOUR property facilitates the sale of HUMAN BEINGS."

Still nothing.

As the alt-weekly freely admits, they have a dog in the fight. "From its earliest days, the Village Voice has run adult classifieds," the paper said in a sidebar. "Today, those classifieds are hosted online at Having run off Craigslist, reformers, the devout, and the government-funded have turned their guns upon Village Voice Media. It is true that Village Voice Media has a stake in this discussion. But the facts speak for themselves."

"I'm just getting started!!!!!!!! BTW I only PLAYED on TV." Getting no response from the publication, he wrote, "Oh I forgot U work business hrs. Maybe that's Y you sell girls on ur platform. they tend 2work the night shift." In another tweet, he stressed, "REAL MEN DON'T BUY GIRLS and REAL NEWS PUBLICATIONS DON'T SELL THEM."

Wait a second, a response!

Today the newspaper decided to reply to Kutcher's tweets with, "Wow, @aplusk having a Twitter meltdown! Hey Ashton, which part this story is inaccurate?... we'll bite. Tell us the hard facts you have collected. We'll fact-check for you."

This time, Ashton was the one staying quiet.

So, they took another hit.

"Where's your fight now, @aplusk? Did you sleep in, or are you just tuckered out from last night's Twitter tirade?"

Ashton then tweeted, "My perspective on human trafficking Data written June 23..", with a link to an article he wrote and the Voice continued the war with, "Don't spout phony statistics which are then used to justify millions in spending for 'awareness.' Victims need beds and counseling."

Kutcher then started tweeting fact after fact concerning human trafficking, and last time we checked, the Voice matched each tweet with a rebuttal.

Is it getting hot in here or that just us?!


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