Ashton Kutcher has found himself in the midst of a Twitter war with The Village Voice. The leading man of "No Strings Attached" lashed out at the weekly newspaper after the latter published an article on Wednesday, June 29 that questioned the child prostitution statistics the actor offered in his "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign.
In his response to the article, the 33-year-old husband of Demi Moore first fired back with a reminder over the lawsuit against the Voice for their escort ads that are featured in the back of their issues. He wrote, "hey @villagevoice hows the lawsuit from the 15 year old victim who alleges you helped enslave them going?"
Ashton went on to berate the publication in a series of tweets. Some of them read, "speaking of data, maybe you can help me... How much $ did your 'escorts' in you classifieds on backpage make last year?", "speaking of Data... How many of your girls selling themselves in your classifieds are you doing age verification on?" and "Find another way to justify that YOUR property facilitates the sale of HUMAN BEINGS."
The Hollywood actor then pointed out, "I'm just getting started!!!!!!!! BTW I only PLAYED stupid on TV." Getting no response from the publication, he wrote, "Oh I forgot U work business hrs. Maybe that's Y you sell girls on ur platform. they tend 2work the night shift." In another tweet, he stressed, "REAL MEN DON'T BUY GIRLS and REAL NEWS PUBLICATIONS DON'T SELL THEM."
The Voice later responded to Ashton's rants. The publication wrote on its Twitter page on Thursday, June 30, "Wow, @aplusk having a Twitter meltdown! Hey Ashton, which part this story is inaccurate?... we'll bite. Tell us the hard facts you have collected. We'll fact-check for you."
When Ashton stayed quiet, the Voice called him out in another tweet, "Where's your fight now, @aplusk? Did you sleep in, or are you just tuckered out from last night's Twitter tirade?" Hours later, the publication retweeted a deleted post from the actor, "don't worry I'm up, been up."
Ashton then tweeted, "My perspective on human trafficking Data written June 23..", with a link to an article he wrote. In response, the Voice wrote, "Don't spout phony statistics which are then used to justify millions in spending for 'awareness.' Victims need beds and counseling."