Ashton Kutcher's 'Indian' advert taken off-air


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The Independent US

An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been pulled off-line after viewers called it racist.

The images and video for Popchips feature the 34-year-old Two and a Half Men star in brown make-up portraying a Bollywood producer named Raj who is "looking for love".

They were removed from YouTube and Facebook after being criticised 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".