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:
no offense but if the chainsmokers can post a video of them making a racist joke imagine what they say behind closed doors
— steph⁷ (@visualsjung) 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
— 🍎 (@hoshinbs) 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.