10:49 04 May 2012
Ashton Kutcher has found himself at the centre of a race row, after an advert that he featured in was deemed to be racially offensive.
The advert, for crisp brand Popchips, features the star as several different characters in a mock dating video.
One of the characters the Two and a Half Men actor portrays is Raj, a lovelorn Bollywood producer, and features Kutcher wearing dark facial make-up and speaking with a heavy Asian accent.
Thousands of people voiced concern about the advert before it was removed from hosting site, YouTube on 2 May.
One post, by Anil Dash, lead the criticism:
"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."
Founder and CEO of Popchips, Keith Belling, has since responded to the comments via a statement on the company's website:
"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 mean to offend anyone."
Ashton is yet to comment.
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