'Indian' Kutcher accused of racism?

Zeenews Bureau

London: A new online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher in an Indian avatar has been pulled off from the web after widespread criticism with many calling it racist.

As reported by a new agency, 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." They were removed from YouTube and Facebook after being criticized online.

Other videos featuring Kutcher as a stoner, tattooed Southerner and pasty fashionista remain online.

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."

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