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Ashton Kutcher, ACM Awards: Country Friend or Foe?

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In The Boot’s ACM Awards Worst Dressed gallery, we called out Ashton Kutcher for poking fun at country music with his ridiculous outfit. But were we being too hard on the ‘Two and a Half Men’ star?

Aside from his over-the-top country couture and random wingmen drinking beer on stage, Ashton didn’t necessarily say anything offensive about the genre. After “preemptively” congratulating the winner of the ACM’s Top Female Vocalist award, he offered a serenade for the four ladies who were about to be defeated, singing a few lines of George Strait‘s ‘I Cross My Heart.’ And — don’t shoot us for saying this — he sounded pretty good! (Watch his ACM presentation below and judge for yourself.)

Seems Miranda Lambert, who accepted the Top Female Vocalist honors from Ashton, is right there with us in our confusion over the actor’s intentions. “Was Ashton Kutcher making fun of country or is it just me?” she tweeted today (April 3). “Watching it back now and I’m kinda wondering.”

Ashton responded just a few hours later. “@Miranda_Lambert I Am One Of The biggest country Music fans you’ve ever met. Wasn’t making fun at all,” he tweeted, following with another post: “@Miranda_Lambert btw congratulations again.”

Perhaps Miranda will now give him the benefit of the doubt, but one of her former tourmates is a lot more skeptical.

“Seen Ashton kutcher at the acms tonight. What a douche! I don’t care for people making a mockery of the way country artists’ dress,” tweeted Justin Moore. (Let’s hope Ashton doesn’t make fun of country artists’ grammar either … No offense, Justin.)

Maybe we should just go by what we “seen” backstage at the show: Ashton hanging out with Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts … and acting like an excited fan.

Watch Ashton Kutcher at the ACM Awards

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