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Is Ashton Kutcher a massive racist?

by | 3rd, May 2012

CLEARLY it wasn’t enough for Ashton Kutcher to break the withered heart of Demi Moore by throwing his wang up a young woman on the night of his wedding anniversary. It obviously wasn’t enough for him to mistakenly defend an American football coach who had helped cover up a load of sexual abuse to young men.

Now he wants to be thought of as a bit racist.

Why? Well, he’s starred in an online ad for some crisps which was pulled offline on the day it was released after viewers complained it was racist.

As part of a $1.5 million campaign for Popchips (us neither), Kutcher is seen in a video playing four characters on a dating show who are “looking for love.” One of his characters is a Bollywood producer name Raj and… you guessed it… Kutcher brownfaces for it and speaks with a comedic Indian accent. It appears that he’s retained some of the sensibilities that would’ve surrounded his character in That 70s Show.

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The response to the ad was swift, with viewers taking to social media to express their disgust. One tweet read, “Newsflash to @popchips – never heard of you before. Now I’ll see your name and think “racists” not “yummy snack” Fail! #BoycottPopChips”.

Popchips CEO Keith Belling issued an apology: “Our team worked hard to create a light-hearted parody featuring a variety of characters that was meant to provide a few laughs. We did not intend to offend anyone. I take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended.”

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