Having posted about Hoekstra’s Superbowl commercial, I feel it’s important that I also post the apology of Lisa Chan, the actress, for the part she played in the entire debacle. I must say, I kind of feel for her. Good on her for stepping up and speaking out:
“I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities. As a recent college grad who has spent time working to improve communities and empower those without a voice, this role is not in any way representative of who I am. It was absolutely a mistake on my part and one that, over time, I hope can be forgiven. I feel horrible about my participation and I am determined to resolve my actions.”
“It was absolutely a mistake… I am determined to resolve my actions.” This young woman should open up a clinic and teach people what real apologies sound like. (Too $hort? I’m looking at you).
Debbie Stabenow: 1, Pete Hoekstra: 0
After the devastating news coverage of the past week over the racist ad and website put up by Pete Hoekstra, he has now redirected Chinese-themed www.debbiespenditnow.com to his own website www.petespenditnot.com. The YouTube video is still up, however, with over a million views. Comments and ratings are still turned off for the very obvious reasons. On his new site is a new ad without the anti-China references.
Meanwhile, a money bomb for Senator Debbie Stabenow based on reaction to Hoekestra’s odious ad and website resulted in a big haul: over $150,000.
Donors have poured more than $150,000 into Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s campaign in response to an ad run this week by GOP rival Pete Hoekstra. [...]
Stabenow’s campaign asked donors to help her raise $144,000 in response to Hoekstra’s first ad, the amount his campaign planned to spend airing it.
Stabenow campaign officials report raising more than $150,000 as of Friday morning.
I’m chalking that up as a win for Debbie Stabenow. You can contribute to her campaign HERE.
Cross-posted from Eclectablog. Photo credit: Anne C. Savage
There you go. Funny or Die has produced the best possible response to the Hoekstra Super Bowl ad (about which your Angry Black Bloggers have fulminated here, here, and here) — because honestly now, the GOP is nothing if not laughable these days. (Ok, they’re also a smidge bit terrifying, but you see what I mean).
Laugh with me after the jump!
Or: The GOP – they really don’t seem to like much of anybody!
Last week, I wrote a post asking the GOP to just shut up about black people, a post which got a surprising amount of attention across the web.
In the aftermath of that, I found myself wondering: “Huh. Who is the GOP going to demonize and belittle next in this election cycle?”
And I knew: Asian-Americans. A post began to form itself in my head, one I intended to write sometime this week.
I mean, they’ve demonized and belittled gay people already:
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Missed it by THAT much
Pete Hoekstra is nearly giddy about all the attention his racist ad had garnered.
Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Holland, stood his ground Monday, saying the ad did what he wanted: It drew a clear contrast between himself and Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
“We knew we were taking an aggressive approach on this, but we’re in a time when people are fed up with the spending and we wanted to capture that frustration,” Hoekstra said. “It hits Debbie smack-dab between the eyes on the area where she is most vulnerable.”
Let’s have a look at the headlines to see if he has, indeed, reshaped the conversation to talk about Debbie Stabenow’s spendthrift ways.
(many more after the jump)
You’re in a hole, Pete. Stop digging.
The fallout from Senatorial candidate and racist Pete Hoekstra and his offensive, xenophobic political ad continued unabated today.
Another GOP consultant, Mike Murphy, tweeted that the ad was “really, really dumb”. According the Washington Post, “Foreign Policy magazine managing editor Blake Hounshell called the ad ‘despicable.’”
Ironically, the ad, which seems to blame U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for the outsourcing that is sending jobs over seas, was not produced in Michigan. Rather, it was made by media strategist Fred Davis of California-based Strategic Perception Inc.. In other words, he outsourced it to another state.
Joan McCarter at Daily Kos reports that Hoekstra spent $150,000 on this monstrosity that, as she put it, “Offend[s] most of the state of Michigan”.
MaddowBlog linked my piece in a post titled “Pete Hoekstra’s viral bait”:
Who thought THAT was a good idea?
“Twitter Pete” Hoekstra, the man who wasn’t even smart enough to buy his own domain during his run for Governor of Michigan, ran an ad during this year’s Super Bowl that was so blatantly racist and offensive to Asians that even GOP consultants are flinching.
The portrayal of a young Asian woman speaking broken English in a Super Bowl ad being run by U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra against Michigan incumbent Debbie Stabenow is bringing charges of racial insensitivity.
GOP consultant Nick De Leeuw flat-out scolded the Holland Republican for the ad.
“Stabenow has got to go. But shame on Pete Hoekstra for that appalling new advertisement,” De Leeuw wrote on his Facebook page Sunday morning. “Racism and xenophobia aren’t any way to get things done.”
Here’s the ad: