Principal Plagiarises Ashton Kutcher’s Teen Choice Awards Speech
A Principal from a West Virginia high school has admitted to plagiarizing Ashton Kutcher’s 2013 Teen Choice Awards speech.
A Principal from a West Virginia high school has admitted to plagiarising Ashton Kutcher’s 2013 Teen Choice Awards speech.
Student Abby Smith was graduating from Parkersburg High school when she noticed something a little odd about her Principal’s speech. She decided to edit together a side-by-side video comparing the two speeches and it’s since gone viral, reaching 141,000 views.
Some of the similarities include when he says, “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” This is exactly what Ashton said during his speech. Apparently hard work doesn’t involve writing your own speeches though.
He also mentions that one of his first jobs involved “carrying shingles up and down a ladder…” This was also coincidentally one of Ashton’s first jobs.
On the brightside, at least he didn’t plagiarize Miley Cyrus’ 2009 Teen Choice Award appearance and gyrate on a pole atop an ice cream cart.
Principal Kenny DeMoss has since issued a statement reluctantly admitting his plagiarism, saying, “I did not get all my ideas from Ashton. Format yes, thoughts and ideas were from my heart.”
According to CBS news, Abby Smith said her reason for uploading the video was because “if his students and his other teachers are held to a standard of zero tolerance policy for plagiarism… he should be held to that same.”
It’s not the first time someone’s plagiarism has been revealed. Remember when Melania seemingly plagiarised Michelle Obama’s Convention Centre speech?
Maybe he should just follow Melania’s advice and ‘Be Best’ by ignoring it until it all goes away.