Actress In Xenophobic Hoekstra Ad Apologizes | Lisa Chan, the actress who appeared in former Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s (R-MI) xenophobic ad against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), has now apologized for her role. In a statement, Chan expressed regret:
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.
Even his fellow Republicans roundly criticized Hoekstra for the racially insensitve attack ad, which aired during the Super Bowl and featured Chan in what’s meant to be rural China thanking Stabenow because “we take your jobs.” Former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis called the ad “dumb” and in “bad taste.”