Ashton Kutcher PopChips Commercial Recalls Past Celebrity Racism Controversies

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"Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards got in major trouble in 2006 during a stand-up comedy act in which he repeatedly used racial slurs against audience members who were allegedly heckling him. He reportedly made several apologies, including to Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Sharpton did not accept the apology, according to a CNN report. "This is not about accepting an apology, this is about starting a process to really deal with the continual problem of racism in this country," Sharpton told CNN. Reuters

Ashton Kutcher is facing major backlash for a controversial PopChips commercial that offended many viewers. In his latest commercial gig, the Two and a Half Men star plays various characters, including a fictional Bollywood producer named Raj. The commercial features Kutcher sporting fake facial hair, an accent, and a darker skin tone.

PopChips founder and CEO Keith Belling posted a sort-of apology on the company's website: [W]e received a lot feedback about the dating campaign parody we launched today and appreciate everyone who took the time to share their point of view. [O]ur team worked hard to create a light-hearted parody featuring a variety of characters that was meant to provide a few laughs. [W]e did not intend to offend anyone. [I] take full responsibility and apologize to anyone we offended.

Kutcher wouldn't be the first actor to raise ire with allegations of racism, as harmless as this commercial was meant to be. Other celebs have been slammed for racism allegations. Sometimes the acts were fleeting, while other moments seemed more deliberate.

Here are other actors who've had to answer for some xenophobic behavior.

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