Senate candidate, Pete Hoekstra, caused outrage in the Asian American community after launching an ad during the Super Bowl calling attention to Senator Debbie Stabenow’s dismal record on spending, which has bolstered the U.S. reliance on foreign countries like China. Everything about this ad is just wrong. First, it opens up with an Asian woman, who appears to be Vietnamese, cycling through a rice field. Then in broken English she says, “Thank you, Michigan Sen. Debbie ‘Spend-it-now.’ Debbie spend so much American money, you borrow more and more from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie ‘Spend-it-now.'” Apparently Hoekstra thinks Vietnam and China are the same country.
I was even more appalled when I went to his website, which has an image of the Great Wall of China as the backdrop, Chinese words that mean “spend,” tacky “Asian” font, and stereotypical images that portray China, such as red lanterns and a lion dance. “The Great Wall of Debt,” is also plastered across the webpage in large font.
Apparently, Hoekstra spent $150,000 on this ad. Whoever came up with this ad should be fired, Hoekstra should have never approved it, and the girl who agreed to playing the role should be ashamed of herself!