Ashton Kutcher started planning an "open dialogue" about women in the workplace this week, and it didn't go so well.
The former "Two and a Half Men" star faced backlash for the questions he posted on LinkedIn ahead of next week's Facebook chat, which is intended to spur a “live open dialog about gender equality in the work place."
Questions included, “What advice should we be giving to female entrepreneurs?” and “What are the rules for dating in the work place? Flirting?”
Many of the users who joined Kutcher's discussion were outraged at these questions, with Paradigm CEO Joelle Emereson saying, "Yikes. These are definitely not the right questions. Most rely on flawed assumptions and perpetuate problematic myths."
Others took to Twitter to share their anger with the questions Kutcher proposed. Another user chimed in to say, "Aston, you embarrass yourself for a very good reason. Your questions tell me more (again) about how you perceive women, not how women are! Please pull together the correct questions, and a dialogue that deals with the issue, instead of reiterating the sexist view in the workplace will begin to heal us."
On Friday, Kutcher took to Twitter to explain the intention behind his questions, assuring that if he did make a mistake he is glad to learn how top prevent something like this from happening again in the future.
"Hope we can find space to be wrong in the pursuit of getting it right," he tweeted. See his entire response below.
thank you everyone for the feedback on the questions I posted on LinkedIn. Good and bad. Already a learning experience.— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017
Looking to host an open live conversation on Monday morning on my FB page about gender equality in the work place— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017
I've already offended some folks by asking the wrong questions. I'm certain given the sensitivity of the topic I will say other things wrong— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017
Hope we can find space to be wrong in the pursuit of getting it right.— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017
We have centuries of ground to make up in a short order & I don't want the basics to be off limits. some clearly don't yet get the basics.— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 7, 2017