Popchips is pulling the ad starring Kutcher, its "President of Pop," as an Indian man looking for love
(Updates with the character remaining on Popchips' YouTube channel as of Thursday afternoon)
Popchips has answered complaints of "brownface" by agreeing to pull an ad that featured "Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man looking for love.
Bollywood producer Raj is one of several characters featured in a series of ads for the snack company. While one featuring only Raj was pulled from Popchips' YouTube channel, an ad featuring all the characters, including Raj, remained online as of Thursday afternoon.
Reps for Popchips and Kutcher did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.
But Popchips founder and CEO Keith Belling wrote on the company's website that the company "worked hard to create a light-hearted parody featuring a variety of characters that was meant to provide a few laughs. We did not intend to offend anyone. I take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended."
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The other characters played by Kutcher — who the company has named its "President of Pop" — include a fashionista, a sensitive, tattooed Southerner, and a dreadlocked stoner. All appear in dating-service style videos.
Raj says that he wants someone "Kardashian hot," adding, "I would give that dog a bone." He also talks about competing in a "milking contest."
Kutcher — as Kutcher — appears at the end of the clip and says to the camera, "Your waiting room is like a freak show … are we all in the same category?"