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Published On: Mon, Dec 18th, 2017
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‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Changes Key Chinese Restaurant Scene: Fans React To 2017 Update To Classic Story

Ken Jeong of A Christmas Story Live

A Christmas Story Live! had many challenges (it’s hard to be compared to a classic), but one thing that producers nailed was an adaption of a scene from the 1983 film that many have long considered to be racist.

The live Fox production, based on the Jean Shepherd story that spawned the 1983 movie and a 2009 Broadway musical, revamped a key scene set in a Chinese restaurant. In the film, when Ralphie and the Parker family land at a Chinese restaurant called Chop Suey Palace on Christmas Day, a group of Asian waiters sing “Deck the Halls” for the clan, but it is done with stereotypical mispronunciation, with ” Fa la la la la” sung as “Fa ra ra ra ra.” In the famous scene, the restaurant owner tries to school his waitstaff on how to sing the line as “Fa la la la la,” but they continue to incorrectly sing it as “Fa ra ra ra ra.”

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‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Changes Key Chinese Restaurant Scene: Fans React To 2017 Update To Classic Story