By now you’ve probably seen the video of actor Ashton Kutcher on the Teen Choice Awards. He shocked the world, talking about how “opportunity looks an awful lot like hard work.”

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” Kutcher began with his first point. “When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up 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 at a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground.”

He went on: “And I’ve 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.”

Well, if you didn’t see the video, now you can’t, at least not on YouTube.

It was pulled tonight. If you click to where more than 2 million saw the video, you’ll now see this.


The inspirational speech clearly wasn’t spam or a scam. One possibility is that the video was somehow surreptitiously connected to Kutcher’s new film, the biopic of Steve Jobs called, appropriately enough, Jobs.

Otherwise, pulling it makes absolutely no sense, unless YouTube is now coming out against hard work. YouTube’s employees might be interested to know if that’s their employer’s new stance.

Update: The video is back, but at a different link.