It could have happened to any of us, but The Chainsmokers were the ones on camera.
During an interview at Ultra’s first-ever China event, the duo were in the midst of an interview when Alex Pall made a joke about being unwilling to bring his dog to China.
The Chainsmokers shared the promo video of their trip to China early this morning; they quickly pulled it down in the face of intense backlash from fans and others on Twitter.
In the now-deleted video, the interviewer asks Chainsmokers member Alex Pall if he brings his dog on tours with him. Pall says that he tries to but his dog is very ill-behaved. Pall then says that if he could bring her anywhere, he would, then adds, “Well I don’t know if I’d bring her to China,” before cracking up. The interviewer then looks to the camera before trying to ask another question.
Responses from Twitter:
soo how are the chainsmokers jus gonna be racist towards asians while they're in asia being interviewed by an asian interviewer in asia
— joon day (@szabts) September 11, 2017
disgusted at the fact that the chainsmokers really had the nerve to make a racist 'asians eat dogs' joke in front of an asian interviewer..
— namjoon day (@trbljimin) September 11, 2017
no offense but if the chainsmokers can post a video of them making a racist joke imagine what they say behind closed doors
— ً (@visualsjung) September 11, 2017
The chainsmokers made a racist chinese dog eating joke… in China. Why am I not surprised pic.twitter.com/HRR8y2zBR4
— Gloria (@highkeyairolg) September 11, 2017
did chainsmokers really just make a racist joke towards chinese while they're in china and being interviewed by a chinese reporter pic.twitter.com/SlIQ6BBUAq
— ♡ #rainbow (@sinbaenim) September 11, 2017
Of course, dogs are eaten in China… there’s a Dog Meat festival, for goodness sake. So is it really racist to point out a stereotype if that stereotype is true, even if it’s not true of the entirety of China? That’s a question we’ll leave up to our readers, but clearly, fans are not happy.