Ashton Kutcher Ad Yanked Over Accusations of Racism

May 3, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An advertisement featuring "Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher has been pulled off the Web after viewers called it racist, reports the New York Daily News.

The Popchips ad features Kutcher in brownface as a Bollywood producer called Raj who is "looking for love," while he also plays other characters such as a British stoner and a bearded Southerner.

A representative for Popchips said the ad, which was designed to parody dating site ads, was meant to "provoke a few laughs and was never intended to stereotype or offend anyone."

A YouTube version of the ad, which TVWeek posted Wednesday on its Viral Video page, remains in place for now, and can be seen by clicking here.


  1. Apparently the only comedian allowed to make fun of other cultures is Sacha Baron Cohen.

  2. This is a bunch of bull. People that see this as racist are the racist society.

  3. Honestly, I don’t get it. The spot is offensive to pretty much every “type” featured, which is the point, isn’t it? I’m one of those progressive left-coast types some radio shows are always complaining about, and even I think that political correctness has gone way too far…

  4. The right has gone so far ‘to the right’, they are going to fall off the earth. Ridiculous. Put the ad back on the web.

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