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Ashton Kutcher's Popchip Racial Commercial Controversy
The online ad campaign for Popchipsis being reworked after an outcry from viewers for being racist. One of the characters Ashton Kutcher portrays in online dating themed commercial is a Bollywood movie producer named "Raj." Viewers were offended that Kutcher appeared in a brown makeup and used a heavy Indian accent for the role. While Kutcher has not commented, CEO of Popchips issued a statement that said "Our team worked hard to create a light-hearted parody featuring a variety of characters that was meant to provide a few laughs. I take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended." While the company pulled the video featuring just "Raj" from their YouTube and Facebook page and removed picture Kutcher as that character from their Facebook cover photo, the initial video featuring all four of Kutcher's characters, including "Raj",remains on their YouTube channel and Kutcher's personal Facebook page.
Source: Yahoo News and You Tube