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Ashton Kutcher ad is called racist, yanked offline (VIDE0)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has drawn fire 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.”

Other videos feature Kutcher as a stoner, tattooed Southerner and pasty fashionista.

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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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