It looks like “Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher is having an identity crisis with diving back into the dating pool after his split from wife of seven years, Demi Moore. Or is he?
In a new ad campaign for Popchips, Ashton takes a turn as several different lovelorn fellas looking to meet the lady of their dreams via fake dating site WorldWideLovers.com. The silly spoof features Kutcher portraying a “spiritual” dreadlocked Brit called Nigel, Karl Lagerfeld doppelganger Darl, an eager Bollywood producer and a hairy, tattooed southern dude who goes by the moniker Swordfish.
It’s pretty amazing how the Ashton we all know and love veritably disappears behind these slightly creepy online dating personas. But not everyone is in on the joke. There has been huge backlash from folks who think Kutcher’s portrayal of Raj, the Bollywood producer, is racist. In fact the ad was pulled from YouTube and Facebook after outcry from tech pundit Anil Dash, New York hip-hop group Das Racist and a horde of YouTube commenters.
The company released this statement to E! News: “…At Popchips we embrace all types of 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.”
I definitely got the joke, and my favorite part was the end when Ashton shows up as himself and with fear in his eyes quips, “Your waiting room is a like a freak show. Are we all in the same category?”