So, the video is just stupid as hell, and only made me wonder if Bruce Willis punched Ashton in the face a few hundred times after Ashton broke their ex-wife’s heart, because my God, that nose.
Anyway, if you watched the above video, you probably noticed it was Ashton Kutcher in all of the “ads,” one of which featured Kutcher as “Raj,” a Bollywood producer. From, you know, India or somewhere thereabouts. And in that particular segment, Ashton wore what people are calling “brownface,” and people are angry over Raj. Anil Dash, blogger, Tweeted this:
Hey, startups that are helping @aplusk get richer, can you tell him that racist brownface ads aren’t cool? Thanks!
And in response, PopChips released an official statement, apologizing:
“The new popchips worldwide dating video and ad campaign 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.”
Maybe I just don’t get things sometimes, I guess. Do you guys think the ad was racist? Offensive? Or are people becoming way more sensitive these days? See, I was most offended by the fact that Ashton Kutcher did a really cheesy dating ad. I mean, come on. Ashton Kutcher? On a dating site? Just one, exclusively? Please. He’s probably on all of them—like, don’t insult my intelligence.