Holy crap, the Vietnamese are stealing our jobs?

Apparently this ad from GOP senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra (Michigan) ran during the Super Bowl:

Sweetheart, if you’re hoping to parlay that ad into an acting career, you’ve got to work on the accent or you’ll never get the “stereotypical Asian” parts.

Needless to say, I found the ad offensive, but mostly because it’s misleading—everybody knows Michigan doesn’t have any jobs for China to steal. Unless we’re talking about private security.

Check out the website, too.

Foreign Policy’s blog ran a post on why Chinese—i.e., Chinese people living in China—might not necessarily be offended (or offended not by the racism, but by making their country look like Vietnam).

  • Yu Bum Suk

    It’s just unbelievable how the US right manages to get stupider and stupider with no threats to losing votes. The Guardian had a good comment article about that today: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/feb/06/right-stupidity-spreads-enabled-polite-left

  • iMe
  • αβγδε

    No question about it. The stupidity of that ad is the kind of thing Republicans represent best.

    And great article, YBS.

    And, ah. I remember the Birthers. Do they still exist? Don’t do all look especially dumb now. I remember when we had a few people here endorsing them.

  • αβγδε

    I think also there’s less motivation for – frankly – white people living happily among other white people to devolop the cognitive complexity that smarter individuals (non white or white) naturally tend toward or that people living in diverse, complex social situations need to develop.

    If you’re happier in the status quo, as whites tend to be, your complacence will have a placating effect and so there’s less of an emotional-motivational drive related to how 1) smart and educated you become 2) your ideoological outlook on society. These attributes fall in line with I’ve always thought about Republican bumpkins and their beliefs which usually read like the mere contrarian of anything that makes them uncomfortable (when minorities have grievances, when homosexuality becomes accepted, etc..).

    In other words, hicks gonna be hicks.

  • cm

    Them Asians they’re all the same.

  • gbnhj

    I think majorities tend toward complacency, regardless of any foundation.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com setnaffa

    They all play the same sordid, cynical game. Of course, you lefties ignore Joe Biden and Bob Beckel… http://michellemalkin.com/2012/02/06/accents-politics-and-double-standards/

    And some of us continue to vote for these crap sandwiches…

  • http://www.biblegateway.com setnaffa

    And those of you yelling “racist! racist!” probably ought to do a little more self examination…

  • eujin

    iMe, since they used the actual Sarah Palin quote in their report, I wonder if the journalists at Russia Today realize that you can in fact see Russia from parts of Alaska. It’s a long way from their offices in Moscow, that’s for sure.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Let’s not confuse matters with actual facts, eujin. Sarah Palin is Wrong™, and certifiably stupid — just like all conservatives, except for the cool West Coast ones (who aren’t actually conservative). Them folks is smart. As discussed on Real Time With Bill Maher over the weekend, there are new university studies which prove that real conservatives are dumb, and emotionally fearful, as well as definitely racist. So have a cup of STFU: The science is settled!

  • CactusMcHarris


    You may not be aware, but there were commercials that were targeted to specific markets – they* all saw some of the same commercials, but not everyone in Omaha saw what the folks in San Francisco did (and I’m sure each are glad about that).

    *I’m part of they, but only for the last two minutes of the first half. Somehow, not watching most of the Super Bowl was liberating. No, I’m not throwing the TV out of the window, yet, but I suspect that act would be the sound of shackles loosened.


    Your Tigers did will last night. And such language for eujin, who’s one of the nicest of posters? Save it for me, your aging liberal hippie douche shipmate.

  • DLBarch

    For those of us old school conservatives who have watched with utter horror the continued drift of the GOP toward dementia and the barely disguised lingering racism of flyover country, the rump South, and former slave states, the Hoekstra ad comes as no surprise.

    What IS disturbing, though, is that rather that call this odiousness what it is and cut this cancer from the party, the bigots and bigot-enablers that have taken over the GOP are (surprise, surprise) rushing to defend it, excuse it, or at best pooh-pooh it.

    But the “don’t you dare call me a bigot but I don’t have anything against those who are” crowd are the new base of the GOP, and the sooner this ilk is expelled from the party, the better.

    Until then, Hoekstra and his like can screw off!


  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Agreed. The GOP has been hijacked by ignorant Know Nothings that are beating a path to electoral suicide.

    The Presidential election is graded on a curve and no matter how badly Obama may perform, he just has to be a little better than the alternative.

  • iMe

    for the record, there’s an equal amount of morons on the left, too. and together, our dumb as f**k people have been effectively divided and conquered. it’s just really sad.

  • αβγδε

    We don’t all know by now that Michelle Malkin is a tool?

    In the article setnaffa posted, there she is playing tu quoque and not doing a good job of it.

    She writes that the political ad is “less than tasteful.” Full stop. I agree. I also agree that it’s arguable that the ad is “xenophobic” or “racist”, but it is certainly race-baiting because it is tasteless and because it does involve race. Note that the ad does not specify nationality — such as China. Try pulling this same crap with Jews involved or blacks in the ad, and you’ll see what happens.

    OTOH, was Biden’s remarks wrong? Yeah, but in a”meh” sort of way. Take it on a case by case basis. If Biden was wrong to casually and passingly observe such a thing about tech jobs and Indians, his error no way in hell comes close to the full-blown stupidity and malignance that is Hoekstra ad.

    So you know what Michelle Malkin ought to do? She ought to sign up to become the next Asian Bimbo in Hoekstra’s next ad, wherein she will be seen saying “Me solly” and “Me love you long time.” Seems to be the perfect job for her.

  • iMe

    for every michelle malkin on the right, there’s a rachel maddow on the left.

  • Charles Tilly

    for every michelle malkin on the right, there’s a rachel maddow on the left.

    That’s right. ‘Cuz they’re the same. Moron.

  • Sonagi

    …the barely disguised lingering racism of flyover country, the rump South, and former slave states…

    Not to mention rust belt cities in the Ohio Valley, where chronically unemployed white adult baby mommas and baby daddies spend their welfare, disability, and unemployment checks on meth and OxyContin while condemning black welfare queen crack whores.

  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    That article comes across as condescending, no doubt, and the central tenet that the left ought to be “less polite” to the stupid right seems like a pretty vapid and pointless one. The worst thing the left could do is become more like George Monbiot; an intellectual snob.

    On the other hand, there’s more than a grain of truth to his points.

    Conservatives aren’t all dumb, but US conservative* pollies are. And one of the reasons these idiots keep climbing on top of the dung-pile is because conservatives of nominal intelligence like Mr. Carr refuse to be critical of them, refuse to acknowledge that they’re stupid, and refuse to agitate for a more intelligent political set. It’s all just a big left wing media conspiracy!

    I’m sympathetic to many conservative policies, but I sure as hell wouldn’t tolerate a retard to represent me.

    All you have to do is compare the US right with conservatives of other countries. I know that in Australia, conservative PMs have been sharp. Our current conservative opposition leader (not immune to gaffes) is a Rhodes Scholar. Our previous one, John Howard, was sharp as a tack. Robert Menzies, his predecessor, was renowned as a briliant debater and orator, and was regarded as a very bright man.

    The UK also has a history of intelligent conservatives. I doubt even the most ardent lefty would argue that Tony Blair was smarter than Margaret Thatcher.

    So yes, George Monbiot, despite being a dick and a snob, makes some excellent points. The GOP is an incubator of dullards, which is a shame for those libertarians and conservatives who think that smarts are important in a leader.

  • http://vmphotography.com.au hoju_saram

    That should have read: “…because conservatives of reasonable intelligence like Mr. Carr…”


  • Arghaeri

    The UK also has a history of intelligent conservatives. I doubt even the most ardent lefty would argue that Tony Blair was smarter than Margaret Thatcher.

    Isn’t that a wierd comparison, Tony Blair left wing hahaha!

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    I actually thought the Charlie Brooker column linked in the Monbiot screed was quite funny, regardless of the message.

    Not the first time we’ve seen a “conservatives are dumb/mentally ill” study, of course. I’m guessing the guys doing the most gloating aren’t going to be citing “The Bell Curve” too often, though…

  • http://koreanlanguagenotes.blogspot.com/ gbevers

    iMe wrote (#16):

    for every michelle malkin on the right, there’s a rachel maddow on the left.

    No, Michelle Malkin is great; Rachel Maddow sucks little ones. That said, I don’t like the ad, either.

  • Granfalloon

    Haven’t there been similar studies correlating low intelligence with religion?

    . . . aaaaaand haven’t there also been studies correlating religion with conservatism?

  • Yu Bum Suk

    I also find it interesting how Jon Huntsman’s knowledge of Chinese turned out to be a detriment to his presidential bid. I know very little about this man but the one time I listened to him speak he sounded very bright and very sharp. But then he’s still stupid enough to be a practising Mormon, so who knows.

  • iMe

    rachel maddow is a hack. as is malkin. you could point to malkin and make the case that she makes nuttier comments at times but at the end of the day, they’re both hacks. working to preserve the status quo. wake up, bud.

  • bumfromkorea


    Rachel Maddow is a hack, indeed. Malkin, on the other hand, is in a class of her own.

  • iMe

    well, at least michelle’s kinda cute. maddow, well, i don’t find him attractive at all.