Is Alison Gold’s Song Chinese Food Actually Offensive Or Just Really Awkward?
The fine people who brought us Rebecca Black’s ”Friday” are back with a new artist and a new video. The young lady’s name is Alison Gold, the track is called “Chinese Food” and just like its predecessor, it’s attracting a ton of attention, though this time for a pretty unusual reason. More than a few observers have taken the footage in and concluded the video is racist.
As you can see from the above clip, the song and video are both about a young girl’s love for Chinese food. In theory, it should be a compliment to Asian culture, but thanks to a slew of stereotypes and some questionable imagery, it doesn’t come off that way at all. Here’s a blow by blow account of some of the questionable inclusions: she falls in love with a panda, her co-star Patrice raps in an Asian voice while eating rice and she exclusively talks about only the most Americanlized of Chinese food dishes.
That being said, there’s a big difference between something being a little stupid and not very well conceived and something actually being racist. For whatever reason, people tend to give quality songs/ sketches/ movies a free pass and judge poor efforts a whole lot more harshily when it comes to anything that might be considered culturally offensive.
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