Ashton Kutcher Ignites Twitter Firestorm with Joe Paterno Tweet

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Ashton Kutcher managed to undermine all of the work he's done in support of child trafficking victims with one tweet Wednesday night.

"How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste," he tweeted just minutes after longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired by the university's trustees. Paterno allegedly failed to notify authorities when his defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was spotted sexually assaulting a young man in university showers back in 2002. He told his boss - the school's athletic director - but police weren't notified.

Now the school is embroiled in arguably the largest scandal in higher education - the majority of Penn State's senior leadership has now been fired.

Kutcher founded the DNA Foundation with his wife, Demi Moore, to fight child trafficking around the world. The couple started the "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign and fervently campaigned for their cause.

"Modern-day slavery is such a complicated issue, but we're trying to do what we can to make men think twice before they engage in this," Moore told USA Today. "The message to the guys is, these girls aren't who you think they are."

Kutcher added to his wife's words.

"When we looked for a subject where we could really help people and found this, I was seized by a feeling of wanting to find the guy who is raping a 7-year-old girl and just beat the (expletive) out of him, really take his guts out," Kutcher told USA Today in the same interview. "Well, that feeling won't change for me five or 10 or 20 years from now ...So whether I'm tackling this on a large platform or am just a guy with a sign, I'll be doing this in 20 years."

However, that apparently doesn't mean he's up on the Penn State scandal, though it's hard to believe someone as wired in as Kutcher didn't have an idea about what was happening.

"Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn't have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes," he tweeted when Twitter quickly turned against him. He then took to retweeting various followers calling him out for his tweet.

"This is an insane story, I just heard paterno was fired, getting the rest of the story now... Wow," he added. "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."

Many fans weren't buying it, including comedian Kelly Oxford.

"You can't even act when you type," she wrote to Kutcher.

Was it an honest mistake or did Ashton Kutcher really step in it this time

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