EDM DJ-production duo The Chainsmokers are no strangers to controversy. A promo pic they shared online yesterday has raised eyebrows and also prompted questions about queerbaiting.
Here’s the pic.
And here’s an example of the reaction.
HELPPPPP, now this is queerbaiting indeed. Weren’t they the same guys who said they used to masturbate together 😭💀— steven ❀ (@arianaunext) September 5, 2023
Not they have to resort to queerbaiting bc their music is flopping pic.twitter.com/cCMWrVYyV8— Tony (@bloodylikeabody) September 6, 2023
why is it giving pregnancy photoshoot 😭— aerial (@aaeriaal) September 5, 2023
Others suggested it was… well, a hot image.
Would 🤷🏾♂️— Sheree’s Stolen Joggers (@richyrich323) September 5, 2023
Personally I love it and would def subscribe but I’m gonna need the twink to be the bottom please— everwhorez (@everwhorez) September 5, 2023
On their own social media, The Chainsmokers added some much-needed context. They suggested they shot the image as artwork for their next single, “Summertime Friends”, but then changed their mind. They made clear they were recreating a recent photo of Justin and Hailey Beiber.
Some of their fans thought the image hilarious. Others were not impressed.
The original will Justin and hailey is better as your one is 🤢🤮 and creepy and totally not funny what were you thinking?— Dan Tromp (@Dantromp_) September 5, 2023
The Chainsmokers are Alexander “Alex” Pall and Andrew “Drew” Taggart. After making a name as remixers, they scored success with their first original work, “#Selfie”, in 2014.
They’re best known for their hits “Roses” (with Rozes), “Don’t Let Me Down” (with Daya), and “Closer” (with Halsey).
Earlier this year they made headlines when they revealed on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast that they’d had threesomes whilst out on the road.
They said it dated back to the early days of their career when they still shared hotel rooms whilst touring around Europe.
DJ Alex Pall said the first such encounter was “never planned” and was “weird.”
“I think we were like, ’What the fuck just happened?’” Pall told host Alex Cooper.
Bandmate Taggart elaborated further, saying, “It was also the days when we used to have to share hotel rooms,” Taggart said. “In Europe, they have two beds — they don’t even split them apart. So it’s almost by force that we were forced into these scenarios.”
They said they never “hooked up with a diehard fan” — or at least “no one wearing merch or anything.” They also said it had been a “long time” since it last happened.
Stop misgendering Halsey 2k21
Not that his opinion matters…