Just when Ashton Kutcher thought that he would finally have his break from the watchful eye of the media since his divorce with the now-back-to-being-Ms. Demi Moore, he suddenly finds himself once again in the middle of yet another controversy. His latest TV ad for Pop Chips has made quite a stir after having been accused of being racist. As expected, it didn’t take long before the ad was pulled out from airing, though it can still be viewed over the Internet. Watch the video below and see for yourself if the complaints towards the ad are justified.
Personally, I don’t find anything offensive or even racist about it. All I see is an actor who’s playing different characters. I wonder if it would’ve made any difference if the Pop Chips ad featured an Asian actor playing the very same set of characters. Would the same people still find it offensive? Would white folks be offended if they ever see an Asian guy playing those same set of white stereotypes? I doubt it.
Moreover, I remember seeing Russell Peters making fun of Asians (i.e. Chinese) in several of his stand up gigs but I don’t recall the Asian community being outraged. I’ve seen Latinos and African-Americans making fun of the stereotypical white folks but I don’t see the white community reacting negatively. Hmm, double standards? All of a sudden it seems that white people aren’t allowed to play or impersonate folks with a different skin color anymore because then it would be racist. Something doesn’t seem right, and that’s coming from someone who comes from different ethnicities (not pure white).
What do you think? Did the ad really have a racial undertone to it or did some people just overreact? Post your comments below.