About That Time Ashton Kutcher Punk’d Walmart

2001 called, and it wants its celebrities back.

Seriously, though: this story is three days old but it’s worth re-watching this guy take a break from his demanding job as “product engineer” to give Walmart even more bad press.

We just got dizzy from all that spinning. Nice try, but no.

Breaking out the numbers is a more effective strategy, but some have questioned exactly how accurate that data is. What does “majority” mean in this case? Does it include part-time and temporary workers?

On the very same day, labor-friendly “public policy” org Demos released a study detailing how Walmart could reach its stated goal of paying each full-time employee $25,000 by redirecting the money it uses to re-purchase its own stock in order to ensure bigger returns for shareholders. That’s not going to happen, and the image of Walmart saying it’s “proud” of employees asking for donations so that “Associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner” is going to stick around for a while.

This is especially funny because the right-wing think tank The Heritage Foundation, which generally opposes all attempts to raise minimum wages and wants to cut the benefits that so many Walmart employees need to afford that turkey, recently praised Kutcher for saying “There’s an entitlement that’s starting to emerge that I think is unhealthy for people and unhealthy for a country.”

He didn’t mean an entitlement to food stamps, you guys. He meant an entitlement to fame.

Oh, and here’s that picture again, just because.