ARIZONA: State GOP Uses Cast Photo Of Margaret Cho’s 1994 Sitcom As Evidence Of Diverse Support

Vice News reports:

Margaret Kim is an Asian American. She’s definitely not a Republican. She’s also not… real. But that hasn’t stopped the Arizona Republican party from using Kim, the 1994 sitcom alter ego of living, Republican-loathing comedienne Margaret Cho, as an example of its diverse support.

The cast photograph of “All-American Girl” is prominently featured on the Arizona Republican Party’s official website with the caption “Asian Americans,” and sits on a page declaring that the political party 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.”

The page was deleted overnight.

  • madknits

    Rethuglicans are disgusting. I won’t have one in the house, for fear of what they’d do to the furniture.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Similar to the posts of crowd sizes last night.

  • Gustav2

    LOL how do they win?

    • Tawreos

      Through the good works of their lords and saviors, Gerrymander and Ignorance.

      • BearEyes

        lie, cheat, and steal, of course.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        Dumbing down the masses.

  • Tawreos

    They couldn’t even be bothered to see if they have any actual Asians that support them. I am pretty sure that the Republicans do push for special rights for christians and rich white people wherever and whenever they can regardless of if or sometimes because it hurts other groups of people.

  • Frostbite

    Imaginary support for real idiots.

  • Tulle Christensen

    “The page was deleted overnight.” Copyright issues? Given the GOPs history of stealing other peoples work it is not a bad guess

  • “As soon as this was brought to our attention, the page was taken down,” Torunn Sinclair, spokeswoman for the Arizona Republican Party, told VICE News. “This was obviously a mistake, and we apologize.”

    Their entire party is a mistake.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • crewman
      • olandp

        I hear he is doing some great things, great things.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Keep hearing good things about him. One to watch for sure.

    • SilasMarner

      LOL! Good one!

    • The jackass in purple actually does.

      • Todd20036

        That really threw me. He turned into quite the black quisling, didn’t he?

        • Some people get a little money or success and sell their soul(conscience/empathy).

      • Robincho

        Jimmy Walker Black was never my favorite beverage…

      • Guess?

        Didn’t he also date Ann Coulter?

    • Todd20036

      I really liked that show growing up

    • Hanwi

      Great show!

  • Bluto
  • bambinoitaliano

    What happen to the $10/hr rate? Did they skim on that too? I’m surprise they don’t go way back and use the Flower Drum Songs cast photo.

  • marshlc

    I am an editor on a trivia website that sometimes uses photos from the internet in some of its quizzes. Do you have any idea how much trouble we go to, to make sure we’re not using photos without permission? As for photos with recognizable human faces? Won’t touch those, because it’s very difficult to ascertain that the person giving permission to use the photo has the permission of the subject.

    And we’re a completely fun, completely consequence-free trivia website, not the official party organization of an actual ruling party. Sometimes I am just in fucking despair.

  • SpiderPIG

    Her future stand-up tour just got very interesting.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    A proud Bi woman with a huge following and a caustic sense of delivery and humor who already hates your guts: exactly who not to pick for your fake stock photo.

    Her response will be epic.

    • Treant

      I will relish every word of it like the exquisite banquet that it is.

    • Ken M

      A number of years back (as in. I think for Reagan years back) the GOP chose “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen. They really don’t check ahead.

      • Duh-David

        They really don’t think things through.

        Mark Wills tells the story about his top-ten country song, Wish You Were Here. Apparently the woman in charge of compiling those themed radio stations on the airplanes, thought it was a pretty song and would be perfect for next months playlist. When the request for rights came to him, Mark had to explain to them that it’s a song about someone who dies in a plane crash. I would have just cashed the check and waited for passengers on next months planes to start wailing.

        • I’m always amazed at how few people actually pay attention to the words of songs. I remember a couple telling me that “their” song was I will always love you (Whitney Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s song). It’s a great song but it’s about breaking up!

          • Hryflex

            A church organist friend of mine was asked to play for the funeral of a woman who committed suicide by jumping from a bridge onto a busy highway. She loved “Cats” so the family asked him to play “Memories”.

            You know, the one that starts “Midnight. Not a sound from the pavement.”

          • Robincho

            That’d be like playing John Adams’ “Short Ride on a Fast Machine” at Princess Diana’s funeral…

          • ColdCountry

            Or the creepy, stalker-ish, Every Breath You Take. How many people use that at weddings? *shudders*

        • Robincho

          From the look of him, I wish he were here too… 😉

      • Todd20036

        It’s a beautiful song, about a Vietnam vet who comes home to find out the world moved on without him.
        The lyrics were clear in the song, I understood them back in high school when I heard it.

    • Cackalaquiano

      Just who ARE these (universally conservative) dimwits who think they can just google an image and use whatever and never think about where the thing came from? Like “I’ve never seen this before, so nobody else has either.”
      It’s that ubiquitous self-centered Republican perspective.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        LOL, it really is beyond stupid.

      • clay

        The same ones who don’t think net neutrality matters.

      • Uncle Mark

        These dimwits are the same arrogant, entitled dimwits, who steal someone else’s music to play at their events and rallies without getting permission

        • And KEEP playing even after they’ve been asked (by their lawyers) to STOP!

      • SilasMarner

        The dimwits were probably young thuglicans and didn’t know this show let alone Margaret Cho. And the old ones probably never heard of her either.

        • Well, that show wasn’t on very long. (She talks about doing that show in I’m the One that I Want.)

          • David Walker

            And the horrors that went with it. However, do you remember her encounter with Gwen, the hospital attendant? Neither Jack nor I could ever meet anyone named Gwen and not giggle. I carry on that tradition.

        • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

          Maybe that pre-pubescent, punchable sidekick of Jim Hoft (the stupidest man on the internet)?

        • David Walker

          With luck, they will soon…hear FROM her, anyway. And after she’s through reaming them new assholes, they’ll wonder why people think she’s so damned funny. (Sic ’em, Margaret!)

      • -M-

        it’s not like there’s a reason for it to be on the first page of results.

        it’s not like anybody else uses the internet.

        it’s not like google will tell you where an image comes from.


      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        They’re already infamous for continually using music without permission/paying for campaign rallies until the artist complains and THEN they stop & cough up $$$ to avoid being sued.

  • Treant

    OT: I’m off to get blood work done. How fun, I go totally vasovagal around needles.

    Just for funsies, he’re a short film that’s to die for.

    • Acronym Jim

      Good luck with your blood work. I tried googling that v word and all I got were images of Georgia O’Keeffe paintings. Maybe I misspelled it?

    • vorpal 😼

      Hope your bloodwork goes well!

      I used to be intensely stressed at having to do bloodwork done, but with Crohn’s, I’ve been poked hundreds of times now to the point that it doesn’t phase me.

      I’m also one of those fun people who seems to have no veins. They always have to draw blood from my hands since they can’t find anything in my arms. Every time I go for a blood draw, it usually takes a minimum of three pricks before they can even get into a vein.

      • Treant

        (Thump) — Sound of me collapsing after that story.

        Also, it takes a minimum of three pricks for me to…but I digress.

        • Dagoril

          “It Takes Three Pricks” – A Chuck Tingle novel.

          • Treant

            I might read that one…

      • Keroleen

        Having really fine veins that won’t stay put, I’m one of those ‘draw from the hands’ types as well. I have to get blood work done at least a couple times a year and I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it, so kudos to you for working through it.

  • barrixines
    • Gerry Fisher


    • CottonBlimp

      What kind of ignorant-ass white bubble do you have to live in to think that actually looks like an Asian person?

    • JCF

      Has someone ever made a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s: The Non-Racist EDIT” vid?

      • barrixines

        That’s what the FFW button is for. Not the greatest fan of Mickey Rooney at the best of times but he really stinks it up here.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Was it replaced with a picture of the Huxtables?

  • Rex

    They have no idea who Margaret Cho is, but they’re about to find out.

    • Reality.Bites

      I suppose it only lasted as long as it did because the only people who remember All American Girl are Cho’s fans and industry people, especially Asian-Americans.

      It could have been up there for decades before anyone but a white straight person saw it.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Or friggin drop a few bucks for a REAL stock photo!

    • Gerry Fisher


  • Reality.Bites

    And let’s not forget her older brother in the show is none other than B.D. Wong, who is gay.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Not that there is anything Wong with that 😉

      • Robincho

        And like Cho, B.D. is NOT right-wong…

    • Blake J Butler

      I saw a kiddie movie that ended up with him in a speedo.

    • Gerry Fisher

      OMG, I didn’t recognize him with all that hair. Cool!

    • The_Wretched

      Cho herself is kinky.

      • JCF

        Deliciously so!

  • Jacob

    Except for heterosexual white males which we are to stupid and xenophobic to realize is a group.

  • ChrisInKansas

    I’m just floored every day. If the Democrats did any ONE of these thousands….THOUSANDS…of ridiculous things, it would warrant a two-hour segment on FOX and Friends about how everyone in the Democratic party is inept and a complete embarrassment and blah blah blah blah.

    But here we are.

    • olandp

      Two hour? Try five days. Remember Howard Dean’s “scream”?

  • Blake J Butler

    I’d sue.

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    Are they that stupid or do they think we’re that stupid. It’s a chicken/egg conundrum…

    • Treant

      I’ve heard that it’s impossible to calculate the evaluations of a mind vastly more intelligent than your own. Or, for that matter, one that thinks too differently than your own.

      So my money’s on “they’re that stupid.” They literally never see the debunking coming and are shocked and surprised every single time. The idea of evidence never enters their pointy little skulls.

  • Acronym Jim

    Whoever chose that photo to denounce stereotypical “special rights” received by African Americans, probably thought the young woman in the front is a math whiz and the boy on the left a violin virtuoso.

    • clay

      But wondered why the Mexican cook in the back was wearing turquoise, rather than white.

  • Jonathan Smith
  • joe ho

    We can complain all we want about their dishonesty but this is why Republicans win. They bring a gun to a gun fight. Democrats bring spit balls.

  • Ninja0980

    Sue them for copyright infringement.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Even if this photo was a stock photo of an Asian family – and not a publicity photo for a sitcom about an Asian family – at the point at which you realize you cannot find an actual Republican Asian family from Arizona willing to pose for a picture announcing that fact, you need to confront the fact that you have a demographic problem that pictures won’t change.

  • clay

    or single out certain ethnic or social groups with the promise of special favors or political privileges.”

  • justme

    using a picture from a tv show from the last time a Clinton was in the WH

  • Dagoril

    For a party that continuously favors the rights of white people over everyone else, this statement is hilarious. And sad.

    Oh, and extra points for confusing a tv show with reality.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Why not? Mark Burnett tries to blur the lines of reality with a TV show. Americans STILL watch that shit.

  • Stogiebear
    • William

      That poor cowboy done broke his belt.

  • Did Margaret ever get a chance to respond? Or B.D. Wong? Because I would love to hear what either of them has to say about Trump using their picture as if they supported him!

  • Jack

    “the political party 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.’”

    No one has, to my knowledge. The Civil Rights Act, zum Beispiel (it just came out in German), protects ALL races — even those that don’t need protecting.

    Those words were ignorant and hateful.

  • “the political party 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.’ ”

    . . . except for rich white Americans, of course.

    • CJAS

      And Christians. And heterosexuals. And gun owners. And …

  • Stev84

    No special rights except for rich, white, Christian, straight people

  • TexasBoy

    Next up: AZ and TX GOP use cast photo for Dr. Ken show to demonstrate diversity and education in a family.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Robincho

    Memo to Cho: Sue the fuck outta AZGOP…

    • JCF

      Don’t get mad—-GET EVERYTHING!

  • CB

    One wonders who are the people who would actually be swayed by this?

  • ikahana
  • Gene Perry

    Obviously, somebody in the GOP graphic design dept googled “Asian family” and didn’t know the difference between a stock photo and a copyright protected photo. Cho should sue for infringement.

    • William

      ABC probably has lawyers on this.

  • TuuxKabin

    More fodder for Margaret Cho, as if she needed any. Hope she goes far and wide with this one.

  • HZ81

    Bwaaaahaaa! Margaret must have crapped herself laughing.

  • JWC

    o wow

  • Lars Littlefield

    Via my familial connections with the Kawakami clan (hey took me in when I was six years-old), I tend to know more Asians than I know white people. I can assure you I’ve never met a Japanese American, Korean American, or folks whose families originated in Vietnam who support Trump or have anything kind to say about him. My obaa-chan, Mary, who just turned 107 August 9th, has the most vicious and offensive things to say about Trump. She is smart. She is funny. And she is always right.

  • searanch

    sue the bastards for defamation!

  • David Raymore

    omg and they had no idea that at least two people in that photo were depraved sexual deviants. @margaretcho

    BD Wong Tweeted this about the photo.

  • 3-Star

    I actually liked “All-American Girl.” Too bad it got canceled.