Ashton Kutcher 'racist' ad offends Indians, taken down

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May 03, 2012 14:00:01 IST

Los Angeles: An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been pulled offline after viewers called it racist.

The images and video for Popchips feature the 34-year-old Two and a Half Men star in brown makeup portraying a Bollywood producer named Raj who is "looking for love." They were removed from YouTube and Facebook after being criticized online.

Other videos featuring Kutcher as a stoner, tattooed Southerner and pasty fashionista remain online.

 Ashton Kutcher racist ad offends Indians, taken down

File photo of Ashton Kutcher. AP

A spokeswoman for Popchips says the dating parody featuring the four characters was "created to provoke a few laughs and was never intended to stereotype or offend anyone." She added that the company hopes "people can enjoy this in the spirit it was intended."

A spokeswoman for Kutcher hasn't return messages seeking comment.

AP

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Updated Date: May 03, 2012 14:04:11 IST