Forum Thread

Pete Hoekstra's Racist Ad During Super Bowl

Reply to ThreadDisplaying 3 Posts
  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?
    A former U.S. Rep, Peter Hoekstra is campaigning against Michigan State Senator Debbie Stabenow.  He ran a very controversial ad during the Super Bowl.  Reuter's describes it best:

    In the ad, the actress rides a bicycle up to the camera on a dirt road by a lake in an unidentified country, while Asian-themed music plays in the background.

    The woman stops and in halting English says, "Thank you Michigan Senator Debbie Spenditnow. Debbie spend so much American money. You borrow more and more -- from us. Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you Debbie Spenditnow."

    Hoekstra closes the ad by saying he is Pete "Spenditnot" Hoekstra and he endorses the message.

    Groups like "Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote" and the NAACP are up in arms about the ad, saying that it plays on harmful stereotypes.  I have to agree.  This is the WRONG why to show this issue.  Anyone see this ad?  What do you think of it?

    Here's a link to video via youtube:

  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?

    I agree with you that the ad is OUTRAGEOUS. Fortunately, even members of the GOP feel that the ad was "really dumb". The scary thing about this guy is that he almost got elected as Governor of Michigan in 2010, but the Michigan voters had enough common sense to make sure that he came in second.

    In addition to the Super Bowl ad, he's also been involved in a few other controversies, which you can read about at the link below. You'll notice that he has some ties to our current chief wing nut, Rick Santorum, and he was endorsed for the senate race by the head of the Tea Party caucus, Michelle Bachman:

    Unfortunately, Hoekstra has also been endorsed by newly elected Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who appears to be right in stop with the rest of the Republican Party on a number of issues:
  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?
    Have heard that the actress on the bike has apologized for her part in the adv. not knowing the purpose and facts involved.