Shortly after the advertisements went online, a number of Twitter users began criticizing the actor and company for using a white actor for the Indian character.Kutcher shakes his head as he speaks and effects a strong accent in the clip.
UPDATE 2: It appears that while the other videos remain online, Pop Chips has pulled down the "Raj" spot in question after the story did not go away.The actor actually "quit" Twitter after tweeted support for Joe Paterno, who was relieved of his Penn State coaching duties after he was connected to a sex abuse scandal at that school's football program.Kutcher apologized and said that he did not know why Paterno was fired when he tweeted his reaction and control of his account was handed over to his staff.It seems the actor is practicing his pickup skills in a new personal-ad spoof for fictional dating site Though the character remains in a compilation video, the individual "Raj" ad is no longer on the Pop Chips You Tube page.You can view part of the clip in the video at the top of this post."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."Some users responded to Das Racist's tweets saying they were overreacting, but it's hardly the first viral scandal for Kutcher.
Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (Finnegan), who was employed at Procter & Gamble, and Larry Kutcher, a factory worker.
He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha.
He is of Czech (father) and Irish, German, and Czech (mother) descent.
A new "viral campaign" (read: advertisement) for Pop Chips that features Ashton Kutcher impersonating a "Bollywood producer" who's "looking for the most delicious thing on the planet" has generated a great deal of controversy.