Ashton Kutcher took to his Twitter feed the other day to respond to the self-serving hit piece that the Village Voice put out about how the Demi and Ashton Foundation relies on allegedly exaggerated statistics about human trafficking. Let us not forget that Village Voice Media owns backpage.com where scores of women and children are trafficked.
In response Mr. Kutcher had the following to say…
“Hey @villagevoice speaking of data, maybe you can help me… How much $ did your “escorts” in your classifieds on backpage make last year?” Kutcher (@aplusk) wrote, referring to the notorious escort ads on the paper’s back pages.
“Hey @villagevoice speaking of Data… How many of your girls selling themselves in your classifieds are you doing age verification on?” he added.
“Hey @villagevoice REAL MEN DON’T BUY GIRLS and REAL NEWS PUBLICATIONS DON’T SELL THEM,” he ranted on Twitter on Wednesday.
Of course Village Voice Media avoided Mr. Kutcher’s questions in response…
“Wow, @aplusk having a Twitter meltdown! Hey Ashton, which part this story is inaccurate?” the Voice fired back on its Twitter feed.
“OK @aplusk, we’ll bite. Tell us the hard facts you have collected. We’ll fact-check for you,” the paper wrote.
Can the Village Voice have any less credibility for getting into a Twitter war with a celebrity? I don’t even think rags like the National Enquirer do that.
Village Voice Media just doesn’t realize that they are on the losing side of this argument. There is no justification for the trafficking of women and children on their website. It’s only a matter of time before they’re persuaded to change their ways just like craigslist was. With 7 million followers on Twitter Mr. Kutcher has brought a great deal of attention to this which I hope will bring about backpage’s trafficking to an end sooner rather than later. When it does happen I’ll only have one thing to say…