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February 15, 2012
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.
Lisa Chan • Apologizing for her starring role in Pete Hoekstra’s racist campaign ad, which aired in Michigan during the Super Bowl. Chan took a lot of heat following the airing of the ad, as has Hoekstra, obviously — what was launched clearly as an attention grab for his campaign, likely to try to spur fundraising, has now backfired into a full-on disaster, with his incumbent opponent opening up a 14-point lead over him. We imagine it can’t make things any easier for the star of the ad to now be issuing such a public mea culpa about her involvement; it would be interesting to hear more from Chan about how this ad was produced and how she got involved with it, but there’s no way to know yet whether such details will be coming. source (viafollow)
21:12 // 2 years ago
February 8, 2012

"We take your jobs": We’re a couple days behind on this one (though, admittedly, hannahhorvath did tip us off), but seriously, how about this patently racist ad that aired during the Super Bowl in some markets? It hinges on a particular brand of racial paranoia (the woman in this ad is American, and has absorbed a lot of heat for taking part), itself born from a profound economic paranoia. And it gets worse — apparently the microsite for the video had some perceived-racist source code in it. Reaction to the ad has been strong. What do you think? source

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20:58 // 2 years ago