Actress apologizes for controversial Hoekstra Super Bowl ad

The actress featured in a Senate campaign ad for former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) that prompted accusations of racism has apologized and asked her community for forgiveness.

"I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities," Lisa Chan wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. "I feel horrible about my participation and I am determined to resolve my actions."

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Chan appeared in an ad Hoekstra used to attack Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), whom he hopes to unseat in November. The ad features Chan in what appears to be a rice paddy in accented, broken English attesting to how her economy is booming thanks to Stabenow's spending.

"Debbie spend so much American money, you borrow more and more from us," Chan says in the ad. "Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good. We take your jobs. Thank you, Debbie Spend-it-now."

Hoekstra pulled the ad and an associated website after Asian groups and Democrats accused him of promoting a racist portrayal of Asian Americans. The ad appeared to have backfired, as Stabenow expanded her lead over Hoekstra to fourteen points in a poll conducted after the ad was released.

Chan, a graduate of University of California-Berkeley, is a part-time actress who founded The Strive, a youth empowerment and education advocacy group.

"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," Chan said. "It was absolutely a mistake on my part and one that, over time, I hope can be forgiven."

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