Ashton Kutcher’s Emotional Testimony to Congress Will Change How You See Him Forever
Yesterday, Ashton Kutcher appeared to speak in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on behalf of Digital Defenders of Children (Thorn), a digital safety advocacy organization that Kutcher co-founded. You’ve probably heard how, before launching into his speech, Kutcher was jokingly insulted by John McCain and responded by blowing a kiss — a bizarre turn of events that unfortunately overshadowed the moving speech that Kutcher delivered, and the important reason he was there.
Kutcher, after having a little chuckle with the rest of the crowd present, proceeded to deliver a 15-minute speech that addressed the horrors related to international sex trafficking and how technology can be used for precautionary and preventative purposes.
“I’ve been on FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no person should ever see,” said Kutcher.
The actor broke down in tears describing instances of child sex trafficking he’s encountered, with victims as young as his own children. He also reported that in six months, his organization has identified an astonishing 6,000 trafficking victims — 2,000 of whom were minors. He then pled to the government for help.
Kutcher posted a condensed version of the speech to his Facebook page this morning, which has since received a flurry of positive response. Once commenter wrote, “Superb work Ashton! I love when celebrities use their star power to raise awareness and to help as opposed to just nice cars, homes and clothes. Well done! Keep up the good fight!”
You can check out Kutcher’s full speech in the video below.
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(h/t NY Daily News; photos via David Becker + Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)