(NaturalNews) So much of what passes for intelligentsia in Hollywood is little more than left-wing, progressive blather, but every now and then a star tells it like it really is - and it's as refreshing as a cool breeze on a hot summer day.
Ashton Kutcher provided that cool breeze recently when he told America's youth what so many politicians and entertainers alike know but won't say, because they're afraid of either losing a vote or a fan: That there is no free lunch, and you get ahead by working hard.
From The Hill, Congress' daily newspaper:
Kutcher received the "Ultimate Choice Award" - the evening's top honor - at the awards show, which airs on Nickelodeon and is geared toward younger people.
In his acceptance speech, the "Two and A Half Men" star said teenagers should build their own lives and find opportunities.
'Opportunity looks a lot like hard work'
"I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work," Kutcher said in his acceptance speech.
"When I was 13, I had my first job with Dad carrying shingles to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground," he continued.
"And I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work," he said. "The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you."
The speech went viral on YouTube, garnering literally millions of views [watch it here: http://youtube.com]. And it was widely praised by political conservatives and other Americans not used to hearing such sage - and honest - words of wisdom come out of Hollywood.
"Remarkable speech," tweeted U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
"Good to see his Iowa roots shining through all that Hollywood glitter!" former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "On our trips to Iowa our family has always admired the strong work ethic and dedication to freedom that those who live there in the heartland hold dear. As they say - you can take the boy out of Iowa, but you can't take Iowa out of the boy."
She went onto to call describe his speech as "heartfelt."
More high praise
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh praised Kutcher for giving "a traditional, uplifting, motivational and inspirational speech."
"This is a message that young kids today are not hearing except maybe in their homes from their parents, but they're not hearing this. They're not hearing this from Obama. They're not hearing this from presidential or political leadership," he said.
Glen Beck, on his radio program, also praised Kutcher and his message.
"It's a fairly safe to say that viewers don't tune in to the Teen Choice Awards in hopes of hearing an incredibly insightful advice about the hard work of hard work perseverance and dreaming because that's exactly what they got there," he said.
And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee added on his personal blog: "A lot of kids who think learning isn't cool desperately needed to hear that. These are messages that teachers try in vain to tell kids. Will they finally listen if it comes from Ashton Kutcher? Hard to say. But that video has gone viral and is being watched thousands of times on the Internet. So, good job, Ashton."