Tween Singer Alison Gold Doesn't Know Anything About "Chinese Food"
I think that the son of a former Chinese restaurant owner is the best person to express their love for Chinese food. Like me. That was until 11-year-old singer, Alison Gold, gave it a shot with her Billboard mega hit, “Chinese Food.” In her...
I think that the son of a former Chinese restaurant owner is the best person to express their love for Chinese food. Like me. That was until 11-year-old singer, Alison Gold, gave it a shot with her Billboard mega hit, “Chinese Food.” In her controversial Youtube video that's reached almost 13 million views, she eats chow mein, wonton soup, and is surrounded by Japanese geishas. There's also a grown man in a panda costume. I wouldn’t let myself be intimidated by a small blonde girl that was brought into the game by Patrice Wilson, the producer of Rebecca Black’s, “Friday.” So I decided to call Alison to get her own thoughts about her single. Her answers revealed who had the most knowledge about the food from my ancestors’ country: me, definitely me. But that doesn’t matter, because according to Alison, she will become the next Christina Aguilera, and I won’t.
VICE: Hello Alison. Can you hear me?
What is your life like after singing about your favorite Chinese dishes.
It’s cool. Everybody knows my song, and they’re always singing it for me. It’s a lot of fun.
Congratulations. How old are you again?
And all of your friends think it is awesome?
What did you want to tell your audience in the song?
I only wanted to tell people that I really love Chinese food.
Me too! My parents had their own Chinese restaurant when I was a kid. I grew up with homemade steamed shrimp dumplings, egg foo young, and lo mein noodles. What is your favorite Chinese dish?
Yeah. I eat it very often.
Did broccoli inspire you to create an ode to Chinese dishes?
Patrice Wilson, the producer and songwriter, really loves Chinese food. He wrote the song and let me hear it. I loved it right away.
But did you have other ideas? Was it necessary that it was about Chinese food?
I just went with it.
So if it was about, say refrigerators, you would’ve also done it?
I don’t know. Maybe.
Patrice wrote a song about a day of the week for you predecessor, Rebecca.
Rebecca and I are two completely different people! For example, I am blonde and she’s brunette. And she is 16, and I’m only 11. I don’t know why people compare us.
Who are your idols?
I would say Madonna and Christina Aguilera. I think I have it in me to become the next Xtina.
In the video, you order and eat Chinese food and play with a man in a panda suit. Were those your ideas?
Everything was directed by somebody else, but I did ask for geishas. I really like the costumes they wear. I know they are Japanese, but I just really like them.
How was it to shoot the video?
Patrice chose the extras, and we shot it in one day. We weren’t allowed to shoot in a real Chinese restaurant, so we went to a Mongolian one.
A Mongolian restaurant?
Yeah, but we brought Chinese food with us to make it look like it was a Chinese restaurant.
But do you like Chinese food?
I like all sorts of food actually, except [something unintelligible].
Well—no wait—I love everything.
I just like everything
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