Ouch! The one time he actually tried to be funny without trolling people, Ashton Kutcher got the boot. The actor was the star of the latest online marketing campaign for World Wide Lovers, an online dating service. In the ad clip, Kutcher portrayed five different “bachelors” who were looking for love.
One of the characters is a Bollywood producer, Raj, who has a thick Indian accent…and a brown face. Yes, Kutcher wore brown makeup to portray the character, so it’s certainly no surprise the character offended so many people. Check out the video below:
Keith Belling, the CEO of Popchips, released an official statement regarding the controversy:
“We received a lot of feedback about the dating campaign parody we launched today and appreciate everyone who took the time to share their point of view. Our team 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.”
Yeah, sure. Issue an apology AFTER everyone talked about it? Nice marketing move there. And yes, Raj has been removed from the clip because of the controversy, but I can’t help but wonder, how does Karl Lagerfeld feel about…Darl?