The Chainsmokers are doing a little backpedaling. Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart found themselves in hot water after they made a joke which some found insensitive and borderline racist. Here’s what went down.
In a now since-deleted video, the two, who were in China, were asked if they would ever bring their dogs on tour. Pall answered, “Well, I don’t know if I’d bring her to China.” He was referencing the fact that there are some places in China where people enjoy eating dog meat. Some found his attempt at a joke, simply perpetuating stereotypes.
“I made a comment in an interview about being hesitant to bring my dog, Cheddar, to China, because I have read reports about dogs being slaughtered in certain provinces,” the statement, appearing to be from Alex, said. “We originally posted a video to share how much we love China and our fans there. We would never intentionally do anything to upset our fans and we apologize if we offended anyone. Anyone who wants to help prevent the slaughter of dogs, please visit StopYulinForever.org.”
Personally, I think people are overreacting. Don’t think either of them is racist or that their comment was offensive. I’m of Asian descent and probably would’ve made the joke as well. It is fact that the slaughter of dogs does exist in parts of China. I probably would never take my precious Briggs over there too.
Hopefully this backlash doesn’t prevent The Chainsmokers from moving ahead with their collaboration with K-Pop group BTS. Can’t wait to check that out. Weigh in below.