This story has been updated.
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.”
Cho tells VICE News the GOP should have done its homework.
“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.”
Here’s a screenshot of the photo from the Arizona GOP website:
And here’s a photo from “All-American Girl”:
The image has since been removed.
“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.”