On Wednesday, the 39-year old actor announced plans for holding a “a live open dialogue”, a discussion about women in the workplace. At first it seemed very well meaning however when he released the talking points on LinkedIn things took a turn for the worst.
Some of his talking points included: “What advice should we be giving to female entrepreneurs?”, “What are the rules for dating in the work place? Flirting? And “What are the clear red lines?”
Many people were offended by the post including, Paradigm CEO Joelle Emereson, who wrote, “Yikes. These are definitely *not* the right questions. Most rely on flawed assumptions and perpetuate problematic myths.” And another twitter user posted “HOW CAN THIS BE REAL?”
Kutcher took note of the messages and on Twitter thanked people “for the feedback.”
“Thank you everyone for the feedback on the questions I posted on LinkedIn. Good and bad. Already a learning experience,” he admitted. “Looking to host an open live conversation on Monday morning on my FB page about gender equality in the work place.”
“I’ve already offended some folks by asking the wrong questions. I’m certain given the sensitivity of the topic I will say other things wrong,” he continued. “Hope we can find space to be wrong in the pursuit of getting it right.”
This whole thing was prompted when Kutcher recently admitted that he was amazed by his 2-year old daughter Wyatt’s intelligence.
“It’s weird because girls advance apparently faster than boys,” he said during an interview on The Tonight Show last month. “I didn’t know this, but on research, like early childhood advancement. My daughter is like two and a half, she speaks three languages, she’s got like Russian and Spanish and English. She actually understands and speaks them.”
“The boy is just like a ‘thuck.’ Just a chunky, like, ‘BAAHHH,'” he added of 7-month-old son Dimitri. “He sounds like a pterodactyl, and he’s not coming around.”