Ashton Kutcher is a Racist? Video Inside!
Ashton Kutcher and ‘Popchips’ are in some hot water today. Kutcher starred in a phony online dating ad for Popchips, in which he stars as Popchips’ “president of pop culture”.
In the ad Ashton dresses up in multiple costumes and pretends to be four different eligible bachelors. One of the characters he plays is named Raj, which has Ashton in brown face and with a strong Indian accent. It’s clear that it was all supposed to be in good fun and that there was no secret racism behind the video.
However, that hasn’t stopped people from complaining about it. Anil Dash, a tech blogger wrote the following statement,
“I can’t imagine I have to explain this to anyone in 2012, but if you find yourself putting brown makeup on a white person in 2012 so they can do a bad “funny” accent in order to sell potato chips, you are on the wrong course,”
The negative feedback has forced Popchips to pull down the ad from Youtube and Facebook. They also released the following statement,
“The new Popchips worldwide dating video and ad campaign featuring four characters was created to provoke a few laughs and was never intended to stereotype or offend anyone. At Popchips we embrace all types of shapes, flavors and colors, and appreciate all snackers, no matter their race or ethnicity. We hope people can enjoy this in the spirit it was intended.”