When Ashton Kutcher showed up at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, he was ostensibly there just to hand out the female vocalist of the year award. However, he managed to take everyone's minds off the nominees for a few minutes, by showing up dressed in over-the-top cowboy gear and taking a stab at singing George Strait's "I Cross My Heart."
All in good fun. Right? Well, some country stars didn't take this little performance in a lighthearted manner. The artist to whom Kutcher presented the female vocalist award, Miranda Lambert, tweeted on Monday: "Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me?"
Turns out, it wasn't just her. Singer Justin Moore, who records for the same label group as Taylor Swift, went so far as to call Kutcher a "douche" on his Twitter account. "I don't care for people making a mockery of the way country artists dress," he clarified.
Kutcher answered Lambert's accusation on his own Twitter account Tuesday, stating "I Am One Of The biggest country Music fans you've ever met. Wasn't making fun at all." He then congratulated Lambert again on her success at the ACMs (she also won album of the year).
In another twist, viewers of the show took to Twitter in droves to comment on Kutcher's song choice, a romantic ballad that discusses lifelong fidelity and devotion--an ironic choice given Kutcher's very public separation from wife Demi Moore. "Wonder if he sang that to Demi," one viewer tweeted sarcastically.
Regardless, whether Kutcher's skit at the awards show was meant to be silly or serious, it's doubtful he'll be pursuing any foothold in the country world in the near future. The Two And A Half Men star has just signed on for the plum role of Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic.
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