Actress in Pete Hoekstra Ad Apologizes

Lisa Chan, the actress who starred in the infamous Pete Hoekstra ad that took aim at rival Debbie Stabenow, has apologized for taking the role that was criticized for reinforcing sterotypes.

“I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities,” Chan said in a Facebook message. “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.”

In the spot, Chan, riding a bicycle through a rice field, speaks in broken English and “thanks” Stabenow for helping to send jobs to China.

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