ASHTON KUTCHER‘s Popchips video ad had been taken down due to racist allegations, specifically due to negative reactions about the Bollywood producer character that he played in it.
Ashton‘s latest mock dating ad for Popchips, where he played four other “single men,” had been taken down from the Popchips website because of one of his characters that sparked controversy among its viewers.
Although the ad included a mean but pretty accurate portrayal of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfield only with a different name (Darl), Popchips was blasted for the goofy Bollywood producer that the celebrity prankster played which caused many to label it “racist.“
Blogger Anil Dash said of the ad on his blog:
“[The ad was] a hackneyed, unfunny advertisement featuring Kutcher in brownface talking about his romantic options, with the entire punchline being that he’s doing it in a fake-Indian outfit and voice.”
“I think the people behind this Popchips ad are not racist. I think they just made a racist ad.”
Popchips then quickly took down the commercial and released a statement from its CEO, Keith Belling, that stated:
“We did not intend to offend anyone. I take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended.”
Do you think the ad deserved to be put down for its brownface character?
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