When we blogged about the controversial ad campaign that Pete Hoekstra aired during the Super Bowl, many questioned why someone would agree to playing the role of the Asian woman. Lisa Chan, the Chinese-American actress who starred in the ad, recently came forward and apologized for taking the role.
Chan graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in sociology. At the age of 17, she founded a nonprofit organization focused on “empowering and inspiring young men and women that have been through the juvenile system to reach for the stars.” She is also a contestant at the 2012 Miss California USA competition. With her aspirations and credentials, it boggles me that she would agree to appear in the commercial. I doubt it would increase her chances of becoming Miss California.
“I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities,” said Chan. Would you forgive her?