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Ashton Kutcher plans to host open dialogue on gender equality

News Agencies | Updated on: 8 July 2017, 10:36 IST

Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher is all set to host a "live open dialog about gender equality in the work place and in tech in general".

The 39-year-old actor took to Facebook and posted about the live 'open dialog' in which he hopes to have insightful conversations with attendees.

However, the actor and start-up investor received backlash on social media after he released a list of questions and talking points for the panel on LinkedIn.

Some of the questions proposed by Kutcher, were - "What advice should we be giving to female entrepreneurs?" and "What are the Rules for dating in the work place? Flirting?"

But, the ' Two and a Half Men' star received a backlash with the choice of questions and talking points for the Q&A.

Paradigm CEO Joelle Emerson tweeted, "Yikes. These are definitely *not* the right questions. Most rely on flawed assumptions and perpetuate problematic myths."

In a series of tweets, Kutcher offered an explanation for his decision to post the questions.
He tweeted, "Thank you everyone for the feedback on the questions I posted on LinkedIn. Good and bad. Already a learning experience. 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."

The Ranch' star will be accompanied by Effie Epstein in the discussion.
Epstein is Kuthcher's partner at Sound Ventures which is a capital firm founded by Kutcher and Guy Oseary.

The panel remains scheduled to be live streamed on Facebook.


First published: 8 July 2017, 10:36 IST