On Monday, actor Ashton Kutcher, 37, took to his Facebook page to blast New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio for his efforts to restrict the ride sharing service Uber.
“I am beside my self with the regulation that Mayor DeBlasio is trying to force upon Uber and the citizens of NYC. He clearly has his pockets lined by the cab co’s. He talks about discrimination in NYDailyNews OP ed but has no idea how hard it is for ethnic people to get a cab. He talks about protecting drivers but has no idea about the people who drive for Uber to subsidize their income. He talks about congestion but doesn’t even recognize that Uber is a fraction of a fraction of the traffic in the city. He talks about data but fails to recognize that he has none. He’s trying to regulate a problem with out providing a single solution other than putting a target on a companies back so he can keep getting political funding from another. This is the kind of corrupt shortsighted politics that is destroying innovation.”
In addition to his work in television and film, Kutcher is also a venture capitalist who has invested in companies such as Skype, Airbnb, Foursquare, and even Uber itself. The 37-year-old has been an adamant supporter of Uber which is famous for its innovative renovation of old-school cab riding services.
Recently, Uber called for a live debate with Mayor DeBlasio about the companies future in New York City, but the mayor declined the request, saying he doesn’t debate private corporations. Last week, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a shot at the ride-hailing service because it doesn’t provide benefits for its drivers who work as private contractors, not employees.
With a growing number of Americans either riding Uber on a regular basis or driving for the company to earn a little extra money on the side, it’s quickly becoming clear this is an issue where Democrats are losing.