Video Spoofs Jews on Christmas

Baltimore teacher strikes a chord with song about Chinese food
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2007 11:20 AM CST

(Newser) – A band teacher at a Baltimore yeshiva is the latest YouTube celebrity thanks to his holiday spoof on the Jewish dilemma of what to do on Christmas. His video, "Chinese Food on Christmas," in which a rock band of faux Hasidic Jews jams for fellow members of the tribe at a Chinese restaurant, has drawn over 500,000 hits, the Baltimore Sun reports, and a few online Scrooges have noted their displeasure.

The video shows music teacher Brandon Walker, 24, wandering from his home to an empty mall, with friends in an empty movie theater, and at a poker game. Some scenes, including one in which a car of Hasidic Jews screeches to a halt to pick up a coin, have been blasted for feeding negative stereotypes, but most viewers seem to get the joke.