US Senate candidate, Pete Hoekstra, is under fire for an ad that appeared during Superbowl Sunday. His opponent is Democrat incumbent Debbie Stabenow, often criticized for her spend-it-all mentality.
Critics call the ad racist towards the Chinese as it features a supposed Chinese woman, though obviously an Asian American, against a stereotypical backdrop of a rice field using broken English. She’s thanking Debbie Spenditnow (Stabenow – Spenditnow, get it? yeah, I think it’s a reach too) for benefiting the Chinese economy by spending American money.
Is it racist? I don’t know. Personally, I think it’s in poor taste along with the tacky website replete with Chinese flags, red dragons and such. Detroit black ministers are predictably crying racist being completely innocent of any sort of race baiting themselves.
Being a cynic, I think it’ll be just another season of idiotic attack ads. But this tactic may work for Hoekstra. Debbie Spenditnow is a phrase now embedded in Michigander’s minds. Unfortunately, so is the image of another tacky while male Republican.
Source: Detroit Free Press