Twitter Reacts To Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ Controversial Comments About Bathing Their Kids
“If you can see the dirt on them, clean them.”
The celebrity couple guest on the Armchair Expert podcast hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman to talk cryptocurrency, but the conversation segued into they got into how their whole family takes care of their skin.
Mila and Ashton join us today to talk about—- you guessed it—- CRYPTOCURRENCY!!! There’s a sprinkling of mountain lion talk as well. Enjoy on @Spotify for FREE!! @aplusk https://t.co/lpTqRQ9Opa pic.twitter.com/iWK2qDaEmT
— Armchair Expert Podcast (@ArmchairExpPod) July 19, 2021
On the subject of daily showers, Kunis pointed out she didn’t have hot water as a kid (her family left then-Soviet Ukraine in 1991) so not jumping in a steamy shower daily was normal—many who grew up in poor homes might understand.
Kutcher then followed up with the statement that apparently had much of Twitter, in particular, reacting with what could politely be called consternation.
I would like to BATHE myself in the Ashton Kutcher/Mila Kunis "when to wash your kids" discourse
— amil (@amil) July 28, 2021
Regarding making sure his kids are clean (the pair have two together, a six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son), Kutcher said, “Now here’s the thing, if you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.”
That was likely enough to raise some eyebrows. Then Kutcher continued, “I wash my armpits and my crotch daily, and nothing else ever. I got a bar of Lever 2000 that delivers every time. Nothing else.”
Now I understand the Super Bowl commercial where Mila Kunis was hiding from Ashton Kutcher in the shower as she devoured a bag of Cheetos, because she thought it was the perfect hiding place. pic.twitter.com/p8wDpW7hPY
— Greg Bernhard (@GregBernhard) July 27, 2021
Social media reactions to this revelation didn’t necessarily amount to what might be called a “cancellation,” but people definitely had jokes regarding the way others might deal with the outcome of what they see as the celebrity couples’ somewhat gross parenting choices.
Some responses were damn funny:
Everyone when they find out why Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are trending pic.twitter.com/QXfS5TyFrs
— cesar (@jebaiting) July 27, 2021
Me walkin past Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis in the streets pic.twitter.com/W3OwfptitJ
— I Ortiz (@InfamousIOrti3) July 27, 2021
when ashton kutcher and mila kunis kids walk into class pic.twitter.com/uAs7afNxiZ
— Fresh (@freshbtw) July 27, 2021
I’m trying to figure out why Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis felt the need to share that? pic.twitter.com/NYbSGAeHV3
— coyote chan (@bbygrlcb) July 27, 2021
ashton kutcher and mila kunis' uber driver takin em to the olive garden pic.twitter.com/VDdFPpGrL4
— richardo (@richardpls_) July 27, 2021
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis treat their kids like I treat my jeans. pic.twitter.com/nBiKOaycuw
— Hooch (@HeresKellie) July 27, 2021
Walking into Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ house like pic.twitter.com/0krIHarts2
— Jürgen (@kloppaged) July 27, 2021
When you see Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher’s bathing regimen for their kids pic.twitter.com/H4xtWTr5Gf
— JSWilliams1962 (@jswtreeman) July 27, 2021
In the couples’ defense, here’s the American Academy of Dermatology’s recommendation regarding bathing kids ages 6-11:
If your child is in this age group, taking a daily bath is fine. Children in this age group, however, may not need a daily bath. Children aged 6 to 11 need a bath:
* At least once or twice a week.
* When they get dirty, such as playing in the mud.
* After being in a pool, lake, ocean, or other body of water.
* When they get sweaty or have body odor.
* As often as directed by a dermatologist if getting treated for a skin disease .
Emphasis added. Based on the limited information from Kutcher’s offhand comment on a podcast, it sounds like he and Mila Kunis are pretty much following medical guidelines, whether intentional or not.
The American Academy of Dermatology says it’s when kids are tweens and older that they should begin bathing daily.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis kids be like: pic.twitter.com/azF0Ah96LC
— Mamba Out ✌🏾✌🏾 (@kcjj_04) July 27, 2021
Maybe everyone is missing the point in worrying over how often the couple bathes their kids.
The more troubling question might be: What’s it like to share a crowded elevator with 6’3″, 180-lb “armpits and crotch wash only” Ashton Kutcher after a tough workout?
To quote the title of Jordan Peele’s next horror movie: Nope.