Ashton Kutcher’s ACM Shtick Ruffles Country-Music Feathers

Miranda Lambert wondered if 'Two and a Half Men' star was 'making fun of country' with his 10-gallon hat and George Strait sing-along.

Ashton Kutcher’s attempt to be part of the country-music crowd at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday apparently did not go over as well as planned.

The “Two and a Half Men” star was on hand to present the award for Female Vocalist of the Year, and he dressed for the occasion by wearing a black 10-gallon hat and country-western-themed duds. Before handing over the silver trophy to [artist id="1817045"]Miranda Lambert[/artist], Kutcher jokingly attempted to sing a few notes of George Strait’s classic “I Cross My Heart,” which has been met with criticism.

Lambert tweeted late Monday that, upon further reflection, Kutcher’s joke might have been inappropriate.

“Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me?” she tweeted. “Watching it back now and I’m kinda wondering?”

Ashton himself took to Twitter on Tuesday (April 3) to clear the air with the country star. “@Miranda_Lambert I Am One Of The biggest country Music fans you’ve ever met,” he wrote. “Wasn’t making fun at all.”

Country singer Justin Moore also wasn’t pleased with Kutcher’s outfit. “Seen Ashton kutcher at the acms tonight. What a douche!” Moore tweeted. “I don’t care for people making a mockery of the way country artists’ dress.”

Us Weekly reported that Kutcher’s shtick did not impress members in the audience either. “People were just like ‘why is he here?’ He has nothing to do with country,” one attendee told the mag. “Nobody laughed at his dumb jokes, in fact he came off as rude. He didn’t mingle.”

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