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While promoting an appearance at Ultra China in Shanghai, Chainsmoker Alex Pall made a comment that’s drawn backlash from fans and critics. After being asked by an interviewer whether his dog comes on tour with them, Pall responds by saying she’s not well-behaved enough, but that he doesn’t know if he’d ever bring her to China.
The promotional video ended up on the group’s official Twitter early Monday morning, but has since been deleted.
for the ppl who are confused the chainsmokers basically insinuated a racist remark abt asians eating dogs and laughed it off pic.twitter.com/XFilW92JoK— best leader of kpop (@Iushtae) September 11, 2017
Some saw this as perpetuating a stereotype about Chinese culture. Others pointed out that the controversial Yulin dog meat festival still takes place every year, despite recent rumors that it would be banned. There was an added layer of criticism because the duo just collaborated with wildly popular Korean pop group BTS, which has also seen backlash.
I don't like the chainsmokers but the yulin dog meat festival still happens every year in china.— gwen (@imacat_twt) September 11, 2017
They are still jerks for joking about it.
the chainsmokers are just gonna act friendly w bts (an asian group) and collab with them,, while making racist comments against asians??? pic.twitter.com/C3iglkxUJC— best leader of kpop (@Iushtae) September 11, 2017
BTS ARENT RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THE CHAINSMOKERS SAID PERIOD END OF STORY NO MORE QUESTIONS STOP BLAMING BTS— Jabe (@hostilitae) September 11, 2017
chainsmokers really just posted a video of them being bluntly racist to asian people but they about to release a collab with an asian group— JOON DAY (@sinhcseok) September 11, 2017
The Chainsmokers have not yet made an official statement.
Update 2:53pm CT, Sept. 11: The Chainsmokers are sorry for the joke.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.