Ashton Kutcher, an Uber Investor, Wades Into Brouhaha With Tweets About ‘Shady Journalist’

Defends ride-share exec's idea of 'digging up dirt' on editor

Ashton Kutcher, an investor in Uber, has taken to Twitter to question the uproar around recent comments by the car-sharing app's svp of business, Emil Michael.

A BuzzFeed article on Monday reported that Michael apparently believed his company should investigate journalists' personal lives—while singling out PandoDaily editor Sarah Lacy. On Tuesday, the executive apologized and suggested his comments didn't reflect his actual beliefs or intentions. And then last night, BuzzFeed reported that a different Uber executive had been using the app's data to track the whereabouts of one of the digital publication's reporters.

Kutcher then posted this tweet on Wednesday morning.

The 36-year-old actor, who was the first person to reach 1 million Twitter followers, probably should have seen what was coming next. There wasn't much support for his sentiment, especially from PandoDaily editor Paul Carr.

Kuchter then authored the following tweets to explain his initial message. But his tirade seemed more aimed at how tabloid journalists cover entertainment stars—often unfairly, no doubt—than what happened between Uber and PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy.

Kutcher, star of Two and a Half Men on CBS, is no stranger to tech. His firm, A-Grade Investments, has pumped money into startups in addition to Uber, including Secret, Airbnb, Fab and Flipboard.