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Ashton Kutcher’s Ad Pulled After Racism Outcry

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  1. Jambi

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    Ashton Kutcher’s Popchips Ad Pulled After Racism Outcry



    Perhaps brownface and offensive accents aren’t the best way to sell potato chips. Earlier today, an advertisement for Popchips starring Ashton Kutcher as an “Indian” man looking for love was taken down following an online outcry. While Popchips appears to have removed the ad from their Facebook page and YouTube channel, unofficial versions can still be seen.
    In the ad, the “Two and a Half Men” star plays a Bollywood producer named Raj. He talks about his dating virtues in a sing-song accent with his face painted brown. Popchips, a potato chip snack, are not mentioned at any point. Three related ads feature Kutcher playing a diva, a hippie, and a biker.
    Indian-Americans quickly bashed the ad and Kutcher, who serves as the brand’s “president of pop culture” and developed the $1.5 million ad campaign with Popchips’ CEO, the ad agency Zambezi, and Alison Brod PR.
    On his blog, tech entrepreneur Anil Dash called the ad “a hackneyed, unfunny advertisement featuring Kutcher in brownface talking about his romantic options, with the entire punchline being that he’s doing it in a fake-Indian outfit and voice. That’s it, there’s seriously no other gag.”
    He added, “if you find yourself putting brown makeup on a white person in 2012 so they can do a bad ‘funny’ accent in order to sell potato chips, you are on the wrong course. Make some different decisions.”
    The indie hip-hop band Das Racist called out to Kutcher’s Twitter handle: “Hey @aplusk, what’s with the racist brownface video you talentless, pretending to care about sex trafficking piece of s**t?”
    Dash later blogged that Popchips CEO Keith Belling offered him a “sincere and contrite” apology over the phone.
    As for an official response to the outcry, a Popchips representative told ABCNews.com, “The new popchips worldwide dating parody 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.”
    Belling also apologized on the company’s blog, writing “i take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended.”
    Kutcher has yet to tweet about or otherwise comment on the controversy.


    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/enterta...chers-popchips-ad-pulled-after-racist-outcry/

     
  2. KRSOne

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    Outrageous, I hope they fire him from that Charlie Sheen show. CBS shouldn't support this kind of hate.
     
  3. ruckstande

    ruckstande Posts mostly from the shitter.

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    You would never know it via the local ABC affiliates Facebook page. I'd say 95% of the people thought the outrage was bullshit.
     
  4. Psychopath

    Psychopath Plata O Plomo

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    I hope they cancel that shitty show over this. Fuck him and fuck Kirk.
     
  5. steve500

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    Popchips should come out with a cow blood flavor to teach the 10-headed rat-riding-elephant-god worshippers a lesson.

    Wasn't the show Outsourced a tad more offensive? (to both comedy and the slumdog millionaires)
     
  6. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    I also thought the lead guy in Outsourced was racist to white people.

    Anyone ever see The Love Guru
     
  7. gleet

    gleet What's black and white and red all over?

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    tsss, more like Anal Douche or sumtin tsss
     
  8. KRSOne

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    Only because Indians don't have a Al Sharpton or a Jesse Jackson to drum up fake outrage.
     
  9. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    Then how did this get out/pulled?
     
  10. KRSOne

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    Cultural marxism, AKA political correctness.
     
  11. Psychopath

    Psychopath Plata O Plomo

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    Enough with the shitty talking points.
     
  12. CousinDave

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    Where headed to a time when if a kid puts on a cowboy Halloween costume ranchers are going to cry about it, they'll even protest the name of the NFL team from Dallas, TX. Movies like The Searchers and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly will taken off the shelves and no longer shown in theaters or on TV
     
  13. Voodoo Ben

    Voodoo Ben You gotta wash your ass

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    but Indian stereotypes are funny.
     
  14. gleet

    gleet What's black and white and red all over?

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    No we aren't, because ranchers are actual men who can overlook trivial things.
     
  15. Plunkies

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    Got douche chills watching the video. Man that's unfunny. Ashton Kutcher is awful.
     
  16. Warfarer

    Warfarer I can't think of anything funny.

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    I agree with this being unfunny as hell and just a shitty ad campaign but it isn't racist or offensive. I don't get how people can even fake claim to be offended by stuff like this.
     
  17. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    I thought it was a little funny.
     
  18. JonBenetRamsey

    JonBenetRamsey well shit the bed

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    i bet pakistanis loved it
     
  19. Party Rooster

    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

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    My brother works in the snack/bev distributing business and his company was one of the first to start selling Popchips in San Diego, he's actually a small investor in the company. They're loving this. No such thing as bad publicity.
     
  20. Psychopath

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    Ooh, big man with his fancy chips. Big deal, I don't have a job. Can't get more successful than that.
     
  21. Psychopath

    Psychopath Plata O Plomo

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    I don't understand why this is offensive when Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder isn't.
     
  22. Party Rooster

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    He also got in early on Vitamin Water and made a small fortune when Coke bought them out. :action-sm

    If I remember right, Ben Stiller did an advanced screening with the NAACP to get their take on it, and then the tards came out and pretty much overshadowed any other protests that could have gotten any traction.
     
  23. Party Rooster

    Party Rooster Unleash The Beast

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    He also got in early on Vitamin Water and made a small fortune when Coke bought them out. :action-sm

    If I remember right, Ben Stiller did an advanced screening with the NAACP to get their take on it, and then the tards came out and pretty much overshadowed any other protests that could have gotten any traction.
     
  24. LiddyRules

    LiddyRules I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy

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    I think another reason why it worked in Tropic Thunder was because they were upfront about it and made it make logical sense for the movie. It wasn't simply Robert Downey Jr. in blackface where as this is just Ashton being dibble dabble. Were there protests for The Love Guru? You know, other than from audience members.

    Seriously, The Love Guru is a horrible movie.
     
  25. mascan42

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    Nobody bothered since it was seen by you and about 3 other people.
     

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