Arizona’s Republican party was recently called out for featuring a photo of a fictional family from a 90s sitcom in its website to illustrate its “love” for diversity.
The ill-considered image, posted with the caption “Asian Americans”, was apparently taken from 1994 sitcom All-American Girl starring Margaret Cho, a comic/actress who is a known vocal critic of the party.
“Republicans believe strongly in equal rights and we strive to ensure we are creating a better future for our families and the next generations,” an archived version of the page stated.
The site then builds on such sentiment to endorse the GOP’s agenda on cultivating a so-called strong, pro-business economy.
In the same page, the political party also declared that it will never “demand special rights for certain races, push policies that favor members of one group over another, or single out certain ethnic or social groups with the promise of special favors or political privileges.”
Naturally, Cho wasn’t the least bit amused of the blunder. In an interview, she told VICE News that the GOP should have at least bothered to do some research.
“I find this similar to when I was a kid someone told me that Simon Lebon’s name was “Mike Hunt” and so I went around school saying ‘I love Mike Hunt’ and even wrote it on my locker,” Cho said.
“I didn’t bother to research and paid the price of a dodgeball to the face. They got some bad information and ran with it. They deserve a dodgeball to the face.”
The party has since taken down the embarrassing photo.
“As soon as this was brought to our attention, the page was taken down. This was obviously a mistake, and we apologize,” a representative for the Arizona Republican Party was quoted as saying.
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