There鈥檚 no denying that Ashton Kutcher is a passionate guy when it comes to the things that he believes in 鈥 his emotional testimony to Congress over sex trafficking nearly had us in tears. He also had us cheering when he petitioned for diaper changing stations in men鈥檚 rooms. Still, even those with the best intentions get it wrong from time to time, and Kutcher鈥檚 latest approach to discussing equality in the workplace has people none too happy with the actor.

The trouble began when the 39-year-old took to LinkedIn to reveal that he was 鈥減lanning on hosting a live open dialog about gender equality in the work place and in tech in general鈥 on Facebook next week.

To help lead the discussion, Kutcher kicked things off with a series of brow-raising questions, many of which hit a serious nerve with his audience. The venture capitalist鈥檚 nine debate starters included such inquiries as 鈥淲hat are the Rules for dating in the work place? Flirting?鈥 鈥淲hat are the clear red lines?鈥 鈥淲hat advice should we be giving to female entrepreneurs,鈥 and 鈥淪hould investors invest in ideas that they believe to have less merit so as to create equality across a portfolio?鈥

Needless to say, it didn鈥檛 take long for Twitter to fire back, and businesswomen like Paradigm CEO Joelle Emereson took the lead, pointing out that 鈥渢hese are definitely *not* the right questions鈥 to be asking ourselves.

Seek & Spark CEO Emily Best was also quick to highlight the negative connotations she believes were brought forth by inquiries suggesting that female entrepreneurs were somehow less than their male counterparts. 鈥淵ou think women have worse ideas? That we鈥檙e not here in equal numbers trying to get funded? Sigh.鈥

Meanwhile, Niamh Kellett, co-founder of Mixtape Marketing, explained that the issue with Kutcher鈥檚 dating-related questions, saying that 鈥淚t suggests women in the work place are mere objects to admire鈥 because 鈥渢he 鈥榶ou tell us where the line is鈥 attitude suggests it鈥檚 our problem.鈥

Kutcher heard the feedback loud and clear, and was soon doing damage control on Twitter. While he says he鈥檚 still planning to host the discussion, since 鈥淲e have centuries of ground to make up in a short order and I don鈥檛 want the basics to be off limits. Some clearly don鈥檛 yet get the basics,鈥 he concedes that he made some mistakes in his initial post. 鈥淭hank you everyone for the feedback on the questions I posted on LinkedIn,鈥 he wrote, kicking off a series of tweets on the matter. 鈥淕ood and bad. Already a learning experience.鈥

He continued on to say, 鈥淚鈥檝e already offended some folks by asking the wrong questions. I鈥檓 certain given the sensitivity of the topic I will say other things wrong. Hope we can find space to be wrong in the pursuit of getting it right.鈥

The full discussion about gender equality in the workplace is now set to take place on Kutcher鈥檚 Facebook page on Monday morning.

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(h/t ET; photo via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)