The Chainsmokers apologize for making insensitive comment while in China


The Chainsmokers have apologised for a racist joke made during an interview after outrage on social media.

Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart visited Shanghai to perform in electronic music festival Ultra China, after which they posted a promotional video from their trip on Twitter.

The video was quickly taken down - although not before being screengrabbed by Buzzfeed- after it sparked a negative reaction from people angry that Pall played into the stereotype that Chinese people eat dogs, and others more angry that he would joke about the serious issue of people in China eating dogs.

The interviewer asked: 'During tours, do you bring your dog along with you?'

Pall said, "I mean if [my dog] could come anywhere I'd bring her to - well, I don't know if I'd bring her to China".

Pall explained on Twitter Monday that he had "read reports about dogs being slaughtered in certain provinces" of China. Furthermore, there is a very real history of dogs being eaten in China, and still to this day, including the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China.

"Soo how are the Chainsmokers jus gonna be racist towards Asians while they're in Asia being interviewed by an Asian interviewer in Asia", one Twitter user wrote. He says the group would "never intentionally do anything to upset our fans and we apologize if we offended anyone".

Interestingly, many who criticized the video are ARMYs - BTS fans - as it was just announced that the pair collaborated with the seven-member boy group in a song called "Best of Me", Allkpop noted.