L.A. has a reputation for being strange, weird, outlandish, even trashy (depending on the neighborhood). So it's not really all that surprising that the city is now home to Ching-Chong-Ling-Long Gourmet Takeout, a Chinese takeout restaurant named after an offensive YouTube video. Crazy, but true. A few months back, then UCLA student Alexandra Wallace uploaded a racist rant about Asian students on campus. Her rendition of one such student answering their cellphone in the library? "Ching chong ling long ting tong."
Wow. Yeah. Now that Wallace has left UCLA (after receiving death threats, no less), this whole thing should become a distant, albeit still unhappy, memory, right? But student entrepreneurs behind the "late-night room service" company UCLA Munchies disagree, because they've partnered with a Brentwood restaurant called The Palace to create Ching-Chong-Ling-Long Takeout.
Students will be able to order vegetarian entrees like vegetable fried rice, as well as American-Chinese dishes like sweet and sour pork from Westwood's "newest, sexiest, drop-dead delicious" delivery service.
Apparently the owner of The Palace, Rachel Lee, had some reservations about the name at first, but the students from UCLA Munchies reassured her that it would be okay, it's a harmless joke!
On their website, the owners explain:
We believe that the best way to combat intolerance is through a positive cultural experience mixed in with a healthy serving of humor, and hope that after you try us, you too will feel that way.
I'm not convinced. It seems like the "healthy serving of humor" is really just a gimmick that perpetuates nasty stereotyping. Not cool.
In case you missed it, here's the original racist rant from Wallace ...
What do you think about the takeout service adopting the name Ching-Chong-Ling-Long?
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