Call it an “oops” moment: A campaign ad condemned as racist towards Asians when it first appeared during the Super Bowl aired again on a Flint, Mich. CBS affiliate on Tuesday.
The spot, put out by GOP Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra, features an Asian woman bicycling past rice paddies and then thanking, in broken English, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for borrowing so much money from China.
The station later apologized for re-airing the ad.
“WNEM accepts full responsibility for the incident which was a simple miscommunication. The order for a new round of advertising came in before the new ad did. Someone misinterpreted the order and began executing the new order with the old ad. We’ve spoken with the Hoekstra campaign and they understand it was a mistake.”