Lisa Chan, the cute Chinese girl featured in Pete Hoekstra’s “Debbie Spend It Now” ad, has come forward to apologize for taking the gig:
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.
Good for you!
Although, honestly, if you’re going to do YellowFace, go fucking full tilt. Certainly the ad is race baiting. Certainly it’s fear-mongering. But if you’re going to star in such a campaign, fucking own it. Somehow, I think I’d be less annoyed at Lisa if she went full Engrish on that shit. It would have made her seem like more of a character than an actual person. But because there was nothing stereotypical about her appearance or her performance, I think we saw her as an Asian American actor who made a questionable decision. I think if she had gone full tilt with her caricature, I’d probably have forgotten her altogether and focused my rage on Hoekstra. Who is still a fuck and is apparently losing horribly. Way to go. Ass.
Unfortunately for Lisa, now we’ll always see her as the Pete Hoekstra Girl. Whenever she shows up in film or television, there will be references to this terrible ad. Oh, did you see the Hoekstra Girl playing a geisha in that one movie? Oh, isn’t that the Hoekstra Girl girl in that massage parlor in that one scene? Oh, check out the Hoekstra Girl on the hood of that car in Fast Six!
Anyway, thank you Lisa. At least one good thing has come out of this. You’ve helped doom Pete Hoekstra’s run for the Senate. Cause fuck Hoekstra.
From: Angry Asian Man