Pete Hoekstra Super Bowl Ad Slammed

Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, February 6, 2012

U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl Sunday ad has drawn criticism from Republicans, Democrats, ministers and Asian Americans.

But former U.S. Rep. Hoekstra, a Holland Republican, defended the ad this morning, saying it was meant to draw a clear contrast between him and the senator he’s trying to defeat, Debbie Stabenow.

“We knew we were taking an aggressive approach on this, but we’re in a time when people are fed up with the spending and we wanted to capture that frustration with the spending,” Hoekstra said. “It hits Debbie smack-dab between the eyes on the area where she is most vulnerable.”

But the ad, which features an Asian woman riding a bike by a rice paddy and speaking broken English, draw immediate and critical response.

Black ministers in Detroit and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote group’s Michigan chapter both called the ad racially insensitive. The other Republicans running for the Senate nomination said it proved that Hoekstra is not the best candidate to take on Stabenow in November. Democrats were united in their criticism and even some Republicans called the ad racist, xenophobic and “really, really dumb,” in social media postings.

The Rev. Charles Williams, pastor of the King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, called on Hoekstra to apologize for what he called the “racist” ad and stop running it. If he doesn’t, a group of black pastors in Detroit will begin contacting contributors to Hoekstra’s campaign and ask them to withdraw their support.

“The imagery in the ad is no different than the folks who had to put black-faced paint on and tap dance,” he said. “This whole thing makes me so sad because Hoekstra really doesn’t get it.”

The Rev. Maurice L. Rudds of Greater Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Detroit said, “The politics of racial division is alive and well in Hoekstra’s campaign.”

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The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote’s Michigan chapter released a statement today, calling the ad very disturbing.

“No elected official or candidate for office, regardless of political affiliation, should use stereotypical imagery or language,” the statement said. “The use of these stereotypes is counter to the progress our country has made over past decades to encourage respect for all communities.

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The Hoekstra campaign set up a website,www.DebbieSpendItNow.com, that features the ad and includes Chinese writing, paper lanterns, parade dragons and Stabenow’s face on a Chinese fan. It accuses the Democratic senator of “pouring American dollars into the Chinese economy.”

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  • Anonymous

    Why should Hoekstra listen to these race hustlers who will never vote for him?Divide and conquer is the way to go.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Hoekstra must be, according to our post-racial president, a typical white person.

  • Anonymous

    Are they really that upset about the “imagery” of that ad, or the fact that it’s so blatantly honest?
    All this racially insenstive nonsense is an excuse to avoid the real message here, and that is our tremendous debt to China that grows every year.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Black preachers are whining about a white person running a media buy that shows an Asian woman speaking broken English.  Meanwhile, AR has a story today and had one a few days ago about black hatred of Asian quickie-mart owners in Dallas.

  • Anonymous

    The ad is quite childish. Changing her name to Debbie “Spenditnow” is something a 2nd grader would find clever. If the idiotic name changes had been left out it could have been a strong message.

  • Anonymous

    The Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote’s Michigan chapter released a statement today, calling the ad very disturbing.

    _____________

    Outrage from a race of cheaters who will do anything to get ahead?

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/chinese-cheating

  • Anonymous

    Racist observations.

    I think everyone is “racist” and only we smart people admit to it.  lol

    Here in Michigan all of the Black preachers are CONSTANTLY protesting against our new Republician white male govenor calling him a racist.  So, I am not surprised by this attack either.

    Is is just me or does she speak perfect English and is only pretending to to not speak it well?  She is certainly NOT a field hand or working in a factory 14 hours a day making Air Jordans for African Americans to kill each other over here in the US.  Professional actress I imagine.  

    My own racist stereo-typing is reinforced each time I walk into an Asian restaurant and actual Asians own it.   I keep hoping to see a Black or Irish family running one!

    Asian women are beautiful.  They should be our biggest import! 

    I must be a “typical white person” as Obama calls us.  

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      Here in Michigan all of the Black preachers are CONSTANTLY protesting
      against our new Republician white male govenor calling him a racist.

      Ironically, Snyder is for open borders and more H-xB visas.  Don’t blame me, I would have voted for Mike Cox, whose “racist” credentials are real (supported MCRI when no politician in the state would.)

    • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    The race hustlers among us do not believe we are one nation.  Candidate Hoekstra does.  Most of us are daily bludgeoned with charges of racism, insensitivity and divisiveness by these race hustlers, only to shut us up and further their agenda and fatten their wallets.  It’s time leave the race hustlers among us in the dustbin of history, along with buggy whips and vacuum tubes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JBFGOQQ2RC5YQ6YOCSUPJQGN2U AvgDude

    Typical… Race baiting is used to hide the fundamental truth in the ad, which is that we are giving our prosperity to Chinese; so that democrats can buy votes from losers and those from both parties can make their friends and themselves rich off of the government teat.    Enjoy the orgy while it lasts, because we’re gonna crash down harder than the USSR did. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7RORAJVG7LJJZECDJIILHJBE7U So CAL Snowman

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the black community in Dallas trying to “forcefully remove” an Asian gas station owner, so they can replace him with a black owner??  The complete hypocrisy and idiocracy of this segment of America never ceases to amaze……..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XUNMZOUALEHPCGRP3L4UACGK3M Jerry

      You are correct. This isn’t the first time. I just can’t imagine a black being able to run a business all by himself without competent whites or Asians around to guide the way. Even with a convenience store, one needs to keep inventory and be able to perform basic accounting.  It also requires lots of hard work

  • Anonymous

    Racist ad? Are you kidding me.The Asian girl was pretty,clean,and spoke good english.I played it back 3 times to see if i heard any ‘broken english’ and every word this young asian woman spoke was clear & concise.Ask the young asian woman herself, ( whom i presume got paid for her part in the ad a decent  paycheck), if she thought the ad was racist.Are there not,rice paddies in China?Whats racist about that? Blacks despise and hate any  ‘minorities’ that work for or support Republican candidates and the Party.The Black clergy of Detroit should be directing their critizism at DebbieSpenditNow and members and leaders of their party & people who support other third worlders,legal & illegal,taking jobs that could be going to their own black brothers & sisters.Didnt  Amren recently run a story about a black radio host that  had on as a guest a republican black woman whom he spewed vile and venom at and refused to shake her hand.Whats the black clergy of Detroit got to say about that? Someone should AXE em….Radio Host Loses It With Female GOP Candidate… http://amren.com/news/2012/02/radio-host-loses-it-with-female-gop-candidate/

    • Anonymous

       Her English was good, but not perfect.  I caught a couple of tense errors.  I teach English in Asia and have developed a pretty good ear for grammatical mistakes. 

      While I’m at it, my Japanese wife saw the video and said that the ad was fairly inaccurate.  The woman’s English is too good and her accent is far too mild to be representative of the general Chinese population.  Plus, she looks Vietnamese. 

      Sorry for the nitpicking tangent.  

      • Anonymous

        No apology needed.Thanks for commenting…Yes,her English was good,but not perfect.My English isnt perfect either and i believe it would be hard to find any Englishman that spoke perfect English all of the time.But to my ears her words were clear and concise.                                                                                                                                                  Obviously your wife would be a better judge than me to determine if the Asian woman was either Chinese,Japanese,Korean,or Vietnamese.Even so,could she or anyone else claim it with 100% certainty that this Asian woman is Vietnamese? In the AR VIDEO section Jared Taylor speaks on the Reality of Race and speaks a little on this issue…with 100% certainty only a dna test could confirm it..http://amren.com/features/2012/01/the-reality-of-race/

        • Anonymous

          BTW..I chose purposefully to not refer to her as being Chinese but as being Asian,for i also suspected her of not being Chinese, but not for a reason based on her looks, but for the reality of Chinese political oppression & female gendercide .I am quite confident that if she were Chinese and lived in China the authorities would make her a political prisoner of conscience or place her in a state run orphanage where she would literally be starved to death along with all the other unwanted females that are placed there because they only allow for 1 child per family.This policy of Gendercide has been in place for decades and is the reason why Chinese males have a very hard time of finding a mate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7TUX5FLXPJULCT66AR6TMN2SZM robert g

    And all the  Asians are sitting back and scratching their heads and saying “since when do blacks care about us, oh, that rights when they can use us to score political points against whites”.

  • Anonymous

    Pete Hoekstra made the mistake of assuming the progressives’ favorite tactic of using stereotype imagery to conjure visceral xenophobic reactions in the electorate was available for his use as well.

    When these folks climb back down from their high horses they’ll be back to making their “they’re backward and ignorant so cling to their guns and religion” comments.

  • Anonymous

    If this is “insensitive” or “offensive”, then I take issue with all the commercials that have the white guy in the role of the goofy comic relief and a black guy in the role of the smart one. That is to say, every commercial.

    BTW – did you see the Super Bowl commercial for a car company – forgot which one – that has a middle aged black guy rolling out of bed to drive his kids to school? What planet does that happen on?

  • Anonymous

    I saw an opening of the Simpson the other night that really slammed Asian sweat shops. But no one seems to be complaining about that as it has run several times.

  • Anonymous

    “speaking broken English”???? She has a beautiful Asian accent. 

  • Anonymous

    Southern Hoosier;                                                                                                                                                                               Good point..might i add a few sweat shops still exist in the city of Chicago,all in democratically controlled wards.

  • Anonymous

    Best thing one can do is just ignore Blacks when they comment about race. They get a big kick out of watching people squirm when race is brought up. Don’t give them any more power by reacting to these silly statements they make.

  • Lou Ciminieri

    I saw an ad for Mercedes Benz and a German guy spoke English with a German accent. Is this racist too?

  • Anonymous

    To my ears: definitely an asian-american actress, who speaks american english with an american accent, putting on a false asian accent. As to whether she’s chinese, vietnamese or whatever – no idea, they all look the same to me. 

  • Anonymous

    I always thought it was P,T.Barnum that said something like that..no big deal…I stand corrected..
    Great ad tho’, by the way…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XUNMZOUALEHPCGRP3L4UACGK3M Jerry

    How about Native Americans? Do you want them out too?