The Chainsmokers Made a Snide Joke About Asians Eating Dogs, in Asia, of All Places [Updated]

We've got a problem with The Chainsmokers.

By Jessie Peterson Sep 11, 2017
(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

The Chainsmokers shared a promotional video over the weekend ahead of their set at Ultra China in Shanghai. In the video, Adam Pall is asked if he has plans to travel with his dog while on tour. Pall says that while his dog is “ill behaved,” he has no intention of taking his dog to China before dissolving into giggles with bandmate Drew Taggert, the implication clear that “Asians eat dogs."

Around parts of the internet where people write about music, Pall and Taggert have become an easy target with their terrible songwriting and inability to spell. We've joked about the pair being fratty robots, and how making fun of The Chainsmokers is low-hanging fruit. They're one of music's easiest punching bags. There's the perception that they're pop villains. But this awkward encounter abroad might prove that last thing to be true.

@TheChainsmokers / Twitter
@TheChainsmokers / Twitter

Since the video’s initial blowback, the band has scrubbed all mention of the video from their Twitter and Instagram accounts, as BuzzFeed reports. A spokesperson for the group told BuzzFeed that "The interview was posted as it was meant to highlight how much the Chainsmokers love China and all of their fans there," and that video was taken down when they noticed that the interview clip was "taken out of context."

@TheChainsmokers / Twitter
@TheChainsmokers / Twitter

@TheChainsmokers / Twitter
@TheChainsmokers / Twitter

@TheChainsmokers / Twitter
@TheChainsmokers / Twitter

@TheChainsmokers / Twitter
@TheChainsmokers / Twitter

@TheChainsmokers / Twitter
@TheChainsmokers / Twitter

@TheChainsmokers / Twitter
@TheChainsmokers / Twitter

Update (9.12, 12:45 p.m.): Pall addressed Twitter to say that his words were taken out of context. Pall cites his hesitation from reading about the Chinese festival Yulin, aka the Lychee And Dog Meat Festival, which started in 2009, and has been protested by animal rights groups.