The Chainsmokers backtrack over racially insensitive 'joke' about China

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DJs Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers

Steve Marcus Reuters DJs Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers

The video, which seems to be a promotional piece for the duo, then sees the interviewer looking awkwardly to the camera, as he tries to change the topic; only for Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart to continue laughing.

On Twitter, people were shocked at Pall's apparent joke, particularly considering the fact that he made it in China to a Chinese interviewer.

The video was quickly taken down - although not before being screengrabbed by Buzzfeed- after it sparked a negative reaction from people angry that Pall played into the stereotype that Chinese people eat dogs, and others more angry that he would joke about the serious issue of people in China eating dogs.

As we reported, the EDM duo got severe heat after Alex Pall joked about not wanting to bring his dog Cheddar along while on tour in China due to a fear of him being eaten. I mean if she could come anywhere I'd bring her too'.

"The interview was posted as it was meant to highlight how much the Chainsmokers love China and all of their fans there", they wrote in a statement. He says the group 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".

The website explains that an estimated 10 million dogs are killed each year for their meat in China.

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The Chainsmokers are now in South Korea, where they're thought to be collaborating with k-pop group BTS.

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