Ashton Kutcher was in Iowa on Saturday to receive the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award for demonstrating “good character as a role model.” Kutcher is more than just an actor and personality in Hollywood. He frequently uses his platform to make a positive difference in the world and bring awareness to social issues that demand change.
Past recipients of the award Dan Gable, Fred Hoiberg, and Shawn Johnson. The award is The Ray Center’s highest award and is given to those who work to bring positive change to the world.
During his speech, he made some emotional statements about his family and loved ones, and he had something especially wonderful to say about his twin brother.
“My brother was born with cerebral palsy and it taught me that loving people isn’t a choice and that people aren’t actually all created equal,” the actor said, fighting back tears. “The Constitution lies to us. We’re not all created equal. We’re all created incredibly unequal to one another, in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see. But we all have the equal capacity to love one another, and my brother taught me that.”
Kutcher went on to say that he’s probably the only person to win this award with their character coming so much into question – and so publicly. This was in reference to his split from Demi Moore in 2013. He said that while the world saw him in one light after the allegations, character was how he handled himself in response to that public onslaught.
“Character comes when those magazines tear you apart for something you may or may not have done and you gotta go out and perform tomorrow — with everyone looking at you like you might be an adulterer.”
Kutcher’s speech also mentioned his wife, Mila, and how she brings out the best in his character just by being herself. He’s a family man and he constantly credits those around him for making him the best possible man he can be.
You can see his speech in its entirety here.
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