Ashton Kutcher is taking a break from Twitter after a social media faux pas last night concerning Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Kutcher tweeted, “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.” (The tweet has since been deleted.)
As Kutcher’s 8 million followers proceeded to give him a piece of their mind, he then tweeted, “Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet!” followed by “Didn’t have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes.” Minutes later, he removed those tweets and replaced them with “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case.”
The Twitter firehouse didn’t turn off then, as the Twittersphere continued to skewer Kutcher. Finally, he wrote, “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”
Mashable editor Todd Wasserman surmised that Kutcher’s note about “properly managing” could refer to a ghost tweeter, or someone else on his team who tweets on his behalf. Do you think the fallout will continue over Ashton Kutcher’s remarks on Joe Paterno, or are people just looking for an opportunity to jump on the beleaguered actor?