Ashton Kutcher voices support for Joe Paterno, then apologizes and retracks his statements

Ashton Kutcher was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after tweeting that the sacking of Joe Paterno showed 'no class' and was an 'insult' to his legacy. At about 12.30AM this morning, he wrote on his official account: 'How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye [the University of Iowa football team] fan I find it in poor taste.'

His comment came after the news Paterno, Penn State head coach for 46 years, had been fired for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by the school's former football defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The college's Board of Trustees also forced the resignation of president Graham Spanier, who was also said to be implicated in covering up the scandal.

Many tweeters pointed out that Kutcher, together with his wife Demi Moore, founded the the DNA Foundation, which specifically aims to 'end child sex slavery'. Justin Stangel wrote: 'Tell me if I’m right - You're against child trafficking unless it's with college football staff.' 

Billyontheradio added: 'Wait, didnt u cheat on your wife on your ANNIVERSARY!? Yeah, ur an expert on CLASS!' Miles Kahn made reference to his comedic predecessor: 'So that's how you make Sheen look good', with Nick Youssef mocking: 'Being the lead on 2 1/2 Men DOES make you crazy!'

Many simply labelled Kutcher an idiot for his view. After the barrage of complaints, Kutcher deleted the tweet and recanted his stance. 'This is an insane story, I just heard paterno was fired, getting the rest of the story now... Wow,' he wrote. He added: 'Heard Joe was fired, fully recant previous tweet! Didn't have full story. #admitwhenYoumakemistakes

Kutcher added: 'As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case. '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.'

It started off with this:

Then this:
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And finally this:
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There are more tweets about the issue on Ashton's twitter if you want to view them, but he deleted the very first one. 

So, was it an honest mistake, or is he backtracking? Do you feel bad for the backlash that he received, or do you think that she should have done his research before offering his opinion? So much to discuss...