Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! premiered Sunday night to mixed reviews, but there was one scene that fans of the movie and musical all agreed was done well.
The original 1983 movie ends with Ralphie and his family eating at a Chinese restaurant after a neighborhood dog eats their Christmas dinner. There, the Parker family is serenaded with Christmas carols from the waiters at the restaurant as they sing a rendition of “Deck the Halls” with stereotypical, exaggerated accents that have gained criticism over the years.
But Fox’s reboot of the scene changed some things, with the Filipino-American vocal group The Filharmonic stepping in to play the waiters and singing a rendition of the song flawlessly, and Twitter was for it.
“They decided NOT to repeat the racist part and made it into a joke referencing it instead,” one Twitter user wrote, clearly appreciating the subtle change in script.
Turned to "A Christmas Story Live" during commercials and saw the Chinese restaurant scene. They decided NOT to repeat the racist part and made it into a joke referencing it instead.— B.C. Clark Salesman of the Year (@Onikuno) December 18, 2017
Another user thought the change was “cute.”
What they did with the Chinese restaurant scene was kinda cute in this live A Christmas Story (I have nothing better to do with my time, don't judge me).— Clem Fandango (@rachelcaved) December 18, 2017
And for the few people who are hardcore fans of the original movie and were wondering why they changed the scene, one user had a simple answer for them.
Love the tweeters angrily asking why they didn't go with the original "fa ra ra ra ra" song. Um, because it's SUPER RACIST, you guys. That's probably why. #AChristmasStoryLive— AnikaChapin (@AnikaChapin) December 18, 2017
And while that particular scene was met with applause, many people weren’t fans of the rest of the live musical, some calling it a “train wreck.”