American band The Chainsmokers just performed at an electronic music festival in China over the weekend, and while they were there they made a crack about dog-eating that upset a whole lot of people all over the world.
According to the NY Daily News
, The Chainsmokers originally posted video of the joke to their own Twitter account. The duo was being interviewed about the festival, and a journalist asked Alex Pall if he took his dog with him on tours. Pall responded that he’d love to, but his dog was not very well behaved. He said that if he could, he’d take her everywhere. But the he paused and changed his mind.
“Well, I don’t know if I’d bring her to China,” he said, before cracking up.
Both band members appeared to think the joke was hilarious, and the video was posted on their own Twitter feed. Not long after that, however, the backlash began. People were furious. The Chainsmokers’ Twitter feed was inundated with people calling them out for making a racist joke and posting it to their own account.
"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," one user wrote
"Soo how are the Chainsmokers jus gonna be racist towards Asians while they're in Asia being interviewed by an Asian interviewer in Asia," another complained
There were a lot of comments like that, and the Chainsmokers have since deleted the offending video.
“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,” Pall wrote on Twitter after the backlash
. “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 www.stopyulinforever.org
.” The consumption of dog meat is a controversial topic in China. Earlier this year, the country reportedly banned dog meat sales at an annual 10-day festival that traditionally involved the killing and eating of 10,000 dogs and cats