The Superbowl ad of Republican Senate Candidate Pete Hoekstra, currently campaigning for the seat of incumbent Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow.
Asked to explain the apparent racial stereotyping of the ad (gong sounds, conical hat, rice paddy, Engrish), a spokesman for the Hoekstra campaign rejected such a characterisation, saying:
“I think that China is our global competitor and the facts are what they are,” said Ciaramitaro. “They hold $1.1 trillion of our debt, their economy is booming, ours is not. It’s not a racial overtone to compare yourself to competitors on the global stage. I think the viewer of an ad is going to recognize satire.”