By Emily Goodin - 08/21/13 02:41 PM EDT
Conservatives are praising Ashton Kutcher for a speech he delivered at the Teen Choice Awards that touted the value of hard work.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) called it a "heartfelt speech" and praised the Iowa native for encouraging young people to work hard for their dreams.
"Good to see his Iowa roots shining through all that Hollywood glitter! On our trips to Iowa our family has always admired the strong work ethic and dedication to freedom that those who live there in the heartland hold dear. As they say — you can take the boy out of Iowa, but you can't take Iowa out of the boy," she wrote on her Facebook page.
In his acceptance speech, the "Two and A Half Men" star said teenagers should build their own lives and find opportunities.
”I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work," he said. "When I was 13, I had my first job with Dad carrying shingles to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground.
"And I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”
He added: "The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap."
Video of the speech has gone viral with over 3.2 million views on YouTube.
Since its airing, conservatives have poured out praise for the liberal actor, who endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012.
"Remarkable speech," wrote Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on twitter.
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh praised Kutcher for giving "a traditional, uplifting, motivational and inspirational speech."
"This is a message that young kids today are not hearing except maybe in their homes from their parents, but they're not hearing this. They're not hearing this from Obama. They're not hearing this from presidential or political leadership," he said.
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck also praised the actor, saying on his radio show: "It’s a fairly safe to say that viewers don’t tune in to the Teen Choice Awards in hopes of hearing an incredibly insightful advice about the hard work of hard work perseverance and dreaming because that’s exactly what they got there.”
"A lot of kids who think learning isn’t cool desperately needed to hear that. These are messages that teachers try in vain to tell kids. Will they finally listen if it comes from Ashton Kutcher? Hard to say. But that video has gone viral and is being watched thousands of times on the Internet. So, good job, Ashton," wrote former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on his blog.