Chinese Food (song)

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"Chinese Food"
Single by Alison Gold
ReleasedOctober 5, 2013
GenrePop
Length3:20
LabelPMW Live
Songwriter(s)Patrice Wilson
Producer(s)
  • Patrice Wilson
  • Dave Kurtis
Alison Gold singles chronology
"Chinese Food"
(2013)
"ABCDEFG"
(2013)
Music video
"Chinese Food" (Official video) on YouTube

"Chinese Food" is a song by Alison Gold. It was released on October 5, 2013 as her debut single by PMW Live.[1] It entered the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at number 29, selling 1,000 downloads[2] and being streamed on YouTube five million times for the week ending October 20, 2013.[2] As of October 20, 2013, it had not been reported to be played on any radio stations in the United States.[2] The video was removed by the song's producer, Patrice Wilson, from his channel in 2018, although he has since re-uploaded it.

Background[edit]

Patrice Wilson wrote the song on his birthday in 2012.[3] Wilson, explaining his inspiration for writing the song, stating: "There's a restaurant I go to, they have chicken wings, they have beef with broccoli, that's what I love. The song is based on my experience—what I know about Chinese food."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Chinese Food" was released on October 14, 2013. It was filmed partly in a Mongolian restaurant, because a Chinese restaurant could not be booked, while some other scenes were shot in Gold's bedroom.[5] It was viewed almost one million times within 24 hours of being uploaded to the video sharing site YouTube, attaining an estimated 4:1 ratio of dislikes to likes and drawing comparisons to another poorly received Patrice Wilson production, "Friday" (2011) by Rebecca Black.[6] Wilson himself appears in the "Chinese Food" video wearing a panda suit.[6]

Reception and Controversy[edit]

The video attracted controversy for its alleged overuse of Asian stereotypes, including scenes of Japanese geisha imagery in a Chinese-themed song.[4] Another scene singled out by media outlets depicts Gold and Wilson playing the board game Monopoly, after which the camera zooms in on Wilson placing the dog figure on the square for Oriental Avenue.[7] Devon Maloney of Wired wrote that the video "is not racist because it depicts pan-Asian cuisine; it's racist because it lazily traffics in racial stereotypes and paints over the distinctions between vastly different Asian cultures with the same 'it's all Chinese to me!' brush."[7] Gold, in response to the accusations, stated: "I don't really understand what that's all about... I mean, I'm not trying to criticize anyone – I just really love Chinese food!"[8] Wilson also denied any intentions of racism, responding:

Yes, I know geishas are Japanese, but you can find Chinese restaurants in Japan! People say I'm squinting, well okay, I have small eyes. All this controversy, I didn't even think about it. The pissed off people saying I'm racist, the last person who wants to be racist is me.[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 29
US Streaming Songs (Billboard)[9] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinese Food". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Alison Gold Delivers 'Chinese Food' to Hot 100". Billboard. October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "[Roz & Mocha Interview] Exclusive: Chinese Food Singer Alison Gold & Patrice Wilson on KiSS 92.5". KiSS 92.5. October 18, 2013. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Yang, Jeff (October 19, 2013). "Why Alison Gold's 'Chinese Food' Caused a Stir". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Kaufman, Gil; Marino, Kelly (October 17, 2013). "Exclusive: Chinese Food Singer Alison Gold Thinks Wonton Soup Is 'Really Disgusting'". MTV News. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Nudd, Tim (October 15, 2013). "Alison Gold's Insane 'Chinese Food' Video Is the New Rebecca Black's 'Friday'". Adweek. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Maloney, Devon (October 16, 2013). "'Chinese Food' Is the New 'Friday.' Except Racist". Wired. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  8. ^ Flanigan, Sarah (October 18, 2013). "Alison Gold Responds to 'Chinese Food' Racism Claims". Yahoo!. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Streaming Songs: Nov. 02, 2013". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2013.