This year's Teen Choice Awards marked a major change in my household. Last year, I tuned in as a blogger only. This year, I tuned in as a mother with a daughter who was allowed to stay up to watch. I didn't know what to expect. Certainly, I did not expect Ashton Kutcher's speech.
The 35-year-old actor won the Ultimate Choice Award and the award for parents' new favorite actor in one fell swoop when he stood up and told the kids in the audience and the kid in my living room (and kids in living rooms across the nation) the truth about being sexy.
Are you ready for this one?
The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It's just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don't buy it. Be smart. Be thoughtful and be generous.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Actually, come to think of it, I have said that or something like it more than a few times to my kid.
Usually she nods along, but I never know how much is sinking in. Does she get it? Or is this another "yeah, Mom is talking, so I'm going to yes her to death so I can get back to playing Subway Surfer" moment?
Ashton Kutcher took a chance when he got up onstage at the Teen Choice Awards and chose not to play the clown but the role model. Who knows why he did it. Clearly his role as Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic has influenced him greatly -- he mentioned the Apple founder by name last night -- but still, he was in front of a bunch of teens and tweens. Teenagers don't take kindly to being lectured.
Which is why we parents are so often ignored, why we need someone like the uber cool and super sexy Ashton Kutcher to throw caution to the wind and use his moment in front of our kids to actually do something worthwhile, to remind our kids what really matters.
Being smart. Being kind. Being generous. Oh yeah, and these awesome quotes from Ashton last night:
1. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work.
2. I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. Every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job before I had my next job.
3. Steve Jobs said when you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is, and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get into too much trouble. But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing, and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. You can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don’t live one; build one.
I hope my daughter was listening, how about your kids?
What did you think of Ashton's speech during the Teen Choice Awards? What did your KIDS think of it?
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