Ashton Kutcher’s 2013 Teen Choice Awards speech has made its way to West Virginia, six years later.
In a viral video posted by Parkersburg High School graduate Abby Smith, Parkersburg’s principal Ken DeMoss appears to have plagiarized Kutcher’s speech.
Smith spliced together both the “That ’70s Show” star’s words and DeMoss’ commencement address, and they are more than just a little similar.
In the six-minute clip, DeMoss begins to “spill the tea” on the three things that his student will learn as they move forward in their life, “opportunity, being intriguing and living life.”
Kutcher’s list from 2013 was, “opportunity, being sexy and living life.”
“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” DeMoss continued, using Kutcher’s exact words.
Here is my principal, plagiarizing his entire graduation speech.
Posted by Abby Smith on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
After the video went viral, DeMoss released a statement, admitting to having seen Kutcher’s Teen Choice appearance but insisting he did not copy his ideas.
“As a proud father and a man of faith, I want to sincerely apologize to those I have obviously offended,” he said. “It was never my intent to take credit for what I said or give specific credit because of how I prefaced my speech.”
He added, “The format of Ashton’s speech I liked the most because it had the most impact on me. I did not get all my ideas from Ashton. Format yes, (but the) thoughts and ideas were from my heart.”
Kutcher has yet to respond.