Actress in Pete Hoekstra Racist Campaign Ad Apologizes

Lisa Chan, the 21-year-old UC Berkeley grad and actress who appeared in Michigan Republican Pete Hoekstra’s racist senate campaign ad, issued an apology on her Facebook page today.

“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.”

The sad part of the story is that Chan actually sounds like a pretty great person. The San Francisco Chornicle profiled her when she was only 17 for her academic achievements and volunteer efforts. She founded a non-profit to help fund troubled schools when she was only 15.

But the call of fame and fortune is powerful enough to drive even the best of us to humiliate ourselves for a few moments in front of the camera. Especially this Fishie’s generation. Our parents shot the hope of middle class stability to hell for us. Celebrity is the new white picket fence in the burbs. And obtaining it is an all or nothing proposition.

Chan is certainly not the first to get caught up. Wonder how many equally talented young women we’ve seen naked and jiggling in a Hollywood frat boy comedy? Her commercial, however, seems a whole lot worse than even the jiggliest of jiggle flicks.