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Die Antwoord, Last Victims Of Cancel Culture?

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Die Antwoord (Watkin Tudor “Ninja” Jones and Yolandi Visser) has been canceled. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, right? They have always been controversial. The first Die Antwoord video I saw was this ‘Fatty Boom Boom’ one in 2012 and it was just too weird for the mainstream: this goofy South African neighborhood, these colorful rap-Zulu dances – Yolandi Visser would not get away with this full-body black-face today – this giant cricket extracted from the vagina of a fake Lady Gaga… it was a freak horror show, a funhouse for weirdos and they were the Marilyn Manson of South Africa (bad sign). As a matter of fact, Manson had a cameo in another of their videos, ‘Ugly Boy,’ along with a bunch of celebrities including Jack Black, Cara Delevingne, and Flea. Die Antwoord was part of the music world, recognized by their peers.

They were supposed to play a UK festival, ALT+LDN, along with big names like Playboi Carti, Lil Yachty, Machine Gun Kelly this summer but they were just dropped by the organizers due to alleged abuse. This is not even the first time this is happening, as, In 2019, they were also removed from the bills of major festivals, Riot Fest and Life Is Beautiful.

Artists Bob Vylan and ZAND have been calling for Die Antwoord’s removal, claiming they have been abusive ‘towards young people, towards vulnerable people, towards gay people, and people of color.’ I’m publicly asking for ALT+LDN to remove Die Antwoord from the bill,’ Bob Vylan declared in a video posted on Twitter, ‘and if not, I and other acts I’m sure will protest their presence with our presence, and make it extremely fucking uncomfortable for them to be there, I can guarantee that.’

In 2019, Australian musician Zheani Sparkes, who looks like a more gothic Grimes, accused Jones of sexually assaulting her in South Africa in 2013; you can read all the details of the story here. Let’s just say they had an email communication that she found quite overwhelming, he sent her explicit photos of himself, he offered to travel to Australia to meet her, and she agreed. He drugged her and convinced her to come to Africa – that’s what Sparkes later called ‘trafficking to Africa.’ Then, drugs helping, things accelerated, she claims that Jones had aggressive sex with her against her will, choking her while behaving violently. She flew back to Australia. Since that time, other women have accused Jones of sexual assault, Some of the other incidents were witnessed by their long-term manager, Jay Savage, and their former filmmaker and art curator, Benjay Crossman. There was also an episode with ‘Swastika Girl’ Dionna Dal Monte, also nicknamed ‘the Miley Cyrus of Nazi punk,’ and Jones praising her tattoos and Hitler.

Of course, Jones has denied all the allegations against him.

All this sounds very familiar, and this is a story we have heard many times before, a successful band – Die Antwoord really has millions of fans – and an out-of-control jerk for a frontman. If you look at their past work, you could see all the signs from miles ahead, but everyone conveniently ignored them. As two white Africans, they were the poster band of everything we now consider as the greatest sins: abundant cultural appropriation and blackfaces in every video! However, they were taken seriously, celebrated, and praised for a decade. 2012 is not so far away, has our perception of the world changed that fast? Noisey released their videos, they made a movie with Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, they were interviewed by Dave Navarro, while Flea and Jack Black were in their videos.

Now their fans are more divided than ever, and Die Antwoord’s career seems to be on hold, festival-wise, but I am sure they still have enough fans to fill out stadiums on their own. I have never been a fan of Die Antwoord, but they were an interesting social experiment, a freak show embraced by pop culture, and now the last victims of cancel culture.

19 Comments

  1. James Chamberlain on August 28, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    I saw them at VodooFest and they were great. Cancel culture fucking sucks.

    • Your mom on April 5, 2022 at 1:43 pm

      You suck
      Grandpa

    • Amanda Day on April 23, 2022 at 4:42 pm

      Yes, thanks for recognizing them. I miss them and had hopes they would come to Texas where leftyism is not tolerated

      • Ben on May 8, 2022 at 2:14 pm

        Amanda Day, you are so stupid! Books are barely tolerated where you come from and most of you are ”Can’t Read, Won’t Read”
        You think Die Antwoord follow your agenda? How dumb you are…

      • jasper on May 22, 2022 at 4:05 pm

        leftism* btw. you are an idiot, they would get mauled by angry white men because they are hypersexual. and then by liberals.

  2. Mika on September 12, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    No such thing as cancel culture.

  3. Annoyed person on November 9, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Wow. White Americans telling schooling Africans on racism. That’s rich.

    • annoyed at ignorant dummies on February 26, 2022 at 11:10 am

      the fuck do Americans have to do with this ? did you read the article ignorant fuck ? they were canceled in the UK festival

  4. Eugène TerreBlanche on November 16, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Die Antwoord, made us proud to be South Afrikaans. They are conceptual, experimental, manipulate black and african sub-“culture”and do black face.
    And what about all these black “artists” doing white face, trying to appropriate ou culture, like Jessye Norman trying to appropriate white Opera?

  5. Pedro Sanchez on January 4, 2022 at 10:36 am

    SANCHEZ says they are freaking awesomely awesome. True Artist that provoke and wake you up. They are not racist, rapist or any of that shit. They are Artist…….I love them!

    The Turkey with the longest neck is the one always getting shot at right!

  6. Count Grishnackh on January 23, 2022 at 11:40 am

    America is a bunch of pussies. The wold is going to be a much better place once China takes over that Imperialistic shit hole country and forces the soft zoomer generation into the mines.

    • the Count sucks ass on February 26, 2022 at 11:12 am

      the United States has nothing to do with this Ignorant ass , read the fucking article .

    • Susanna Lyons on March 21, 2022 at 6:41 am

      We all came from the same, a birth canal or cesarean slice, and because of the humble sacrifice of himself (Jesus Christ) we have now been adopted, the whole world ransomed jewels, we have the same blood (no matter where you are) and there is nothing you can do about it!!!!!!! You gentile with Jew blood nothing you can doooooo Bro!!!!

  7. BASSCADET on March 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    They were dropped because there is ACTUAL FOOTAGE of Ninja spitting in the face of Andy Butler of Hercules And Love Affair, and both of them calling him homophobic names.
    Don’t be shocked when other people don’t want to be around that nasty bullshit.
    But yeah, cancel culture blah blah blah. Poor Die Antwoord.
    You reap what you sow, bitches.

    • BKKASU on April 20, 2022 at 2:59 am

      No doubt that happened but where is the video of what happened before that? Shitty response but you don’t get angry and go after someone for no reason.

      • A Grown Up on May 15, 2022 at 7:16 pm

        So it’s ok to be homophobic or racist in retaliation to someone who upset you? Is that your point? That’s not how grown ups deal with things…..

        • Yourmomztity on May 20, 2022 at 2:53 pm

          You are way out of line!! They are not homophobic or racist, their DJ HY-TEK is gay and just got engaged or married IDR,(look it up) And several of their crew were gay as well, Watkin & Anri are far far from racist, their whole image is centered around being who you are and not putting on a facade!! It would be counter productive to display actions contradictory to your image in the public eye.

          Sorry but your wrong. And I believe they were bullied into disbanding, they had no chance of defense against Americans because what they see of us is not who we really are. They had only media regulated by their countries to show us as rude, spiteful, vengeful and selfish.

          And that’s not at all who we are, if they had seen what Americans are really like when ppl are happy and having a good time, they would have seen us for who we are and they would have came to greet us accordingly.

          Not touching the Stephani subject, in all honesty I love Gaga, but she kinda deserves what she got! You dont just assume because you’ve not heard of someone that they need help getting recognized!! That was rude as fuck and I think the response was fitting!

          She got a whole Die Antwoord song dedicated to her. What more can one say?!

          Please know what your talking about before posting. Do your research!

  8. Kim Scholtz on May 10, 2022 at 10:10 am

    They started off so well. Artistic, conceptual, contemporary, commentating on South African culture. Clever, had depth, portrayal of our country was just zef! Shocking, in your face, breaking boundaries, hilarious at times vulgar at other times but still suited their image and portrayal of social commentary…….and then Ninja’s ego ate him for breakfast and he forgot that his alter ego was ninja and he was watkin tudor jones or whatever. But he took too much tik or coke or whatever it was. and they fucked themselves over. Ninja is just a walking arsehole and their heads grew so big they couldn’t fir through doorways. Shame. talented but shortlived. Pride, fast money, fame went to their heads and they were rejected because they were rude and thought they were more talented than they were.

  9. Yourmomzrighttity on May 20, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    WHOA!! That’s a very cynical judgemental attitude to have towards someone that lives outside of your nicely crafted box(courtesy of the United States Government). So because they are different from you they should be chastised and shamed for being who they are, right?!

    How about this one?! “OP” is an Inbred, hillbilly vagabond who raises crops and Fucks sheep in the early hours of harvest season. When your wife flattens up like a prized fucking heffer, and becomes too ugly to look in the eyes, and you think June from the bar the other night or the sheep during the harvest.

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