The Chainsmokers apologise for 'racist' joke

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

The Chainsmokers are trying to put out a fire they sparked online.

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.

EDM duo The Chainsmokers landed in hot water this week after critics accused them of making a "racist" gaffe during an interview in China. The video has been deleted, but Buzzfeed posted screengrabs with subtitles of the comments.

On Twitter, people were shocked at Pall's apparent joke, particularly considering the fact that he made it in China to a Chinese interviewer. One-half of the duo Alex Pall was asked if he brings his dog along on concert tours. Pall responds that he doesn't, because his dog is very ill-behaved, but says that he would like to bring her everywhere, before adding: "Well, I don't know if I'd bring her to China". I mean if she could come anywhere I'd bring her too'.

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Pall appeared to laugh, and it looked as though Taggart found the statement amusing as well.

They continued: 'We originally posted a video to share how much we love China and our fans there.

UPDATE: The Chainsmokers have acknowledged the backlash to their insensitive joke, tweeting out an apology accompanied by a link to the website for Stop Yulin Forever, an organization that is trying to stop the slaughter of "some 10,000 dogs" every year by the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China. The event involves eating dog meat for good luck and has been protested by animal rights groups.

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