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      Ashton Kutcher's Popchips ad called racist, pulled offline

      The ad features Ashton Kutcher portraying an Indian man. (Photo: ABC7)

      LOS ANGELES (AP) - An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been pulled offline after viewers called it racist.

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

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

      A spokeswoman for Kutcher hasn't return messages seeking comment.