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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.

44 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

      • Lapilli on June 18, 2022 at 9:35 pm

        I’m guessing he doesn’t suck as much as you 🍆👄 im😪😪mature child

      • Bandman on February 13, 2023 at 10:23 am

        Did the mamas and papas have Michelle Phillips a 16-year-old singer? That the other bandmate started dating? all this stuff has been going on for years interesting how we act like this band is any different or should be punished any worse than all the craziness from the 50s and 60s and 70s.

    • 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…

        • Kittie Rider on August 9, 2022 at 9:32 am

          🤣🤣🤣

          • Mikepops on October 1, 2022 at 4:13 am

            Its actually pretty obvious they were cancelled for the exact reasons outlined here. They are weird, edgy, and their music videos make WASPs feel uneasy. It wouldn’t be hard to find an army of people to claim they touched them the wrong way…just because they are creeped out by their very existence. I can see why Sparkes said what she did, probably was embarrassed that she actually had a good time going to Africa with some weird tattooed guy to have sex. The fact is she got onto a plane with him and flew like 10 hours, there was ample time to said “no”.
            These are people who grew up in the weird racial dystopia of south Africa, you really don’t expect them to include race in their art? It pretty obvious the whole “black face” thing was a visual device to show that they identify more with the black people in their country than the white people who don’t see them as one of them. either that or they just wanted to paint themselves black (it is a color people paint things).

            let also not forget they aren’t the brightest couple of people. I doubt they realize what they were doing could be seen as offensive like this.



      • 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.

      • MetotheYou on May 30, 2022 at 2:06 pm

        It sexual assault and harassment is? 🤔

        • Danny Hill on July 20, 2022 at 3:17 pm

          Yeah Hitler was also good at what he did. It’s just a pity that he also slaughtered millions of people in the process. Mofos need to be checked for destroying others lives no matter how ‘great’ or talented they are.

    • Aaron Matthew Freeman on June 26, 2022 at 9:52 am

      Stop being a twat, and just accept them for what they are!!! Live a little!

    • Oz on September 29, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      Accountability culture*

      Maybe tell them not to be homophobic racists this wouldn’t have happened.

      • Danielle Sloan on October 28, 2022 at 10:33 am

        Cringe.

    • Danielle sloan on October 28, 2022 at 10:32 am

      Literally Americans are telling Africans how they should behave and schooling them on “cultural appropriation”. They didn’t have mass slavery. YOU DID. YOU. Lol.

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

    No such thing as cancel culture.

    • JDOG on June 17, 2022 at 8:40 pm

      THANK YOU

  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

      • Danielle Sloan on October 28, 2022 at 10:48 am

        It was due to Americans on social media. Americans literally invented mass cyber bullying masked as altruism. It’s laughable that they mask this as altruism. And, btw, they did REPEAT a monologue that said homophonic slurs in their song, “Fok Julle Naairs.” It was a monologue by MIKE TYSON. Not them. They just put the sound bite at the end of their song. But no one canceled Mike Tyson, because the culture police aren’t very cultured at all. They’re a bunch of children who spend way too much time on social media and way too little time learning and growing in the areas of education. Close Instagram and open Audible. How’s that? One day, if any of you manage to graduate college or (LOL GRAD SCHOOL), you’re hateful internet spews will cancel YOU. No HR professional on earth would take a risk on having such a LIABILITY as part of a company. Because, that’s what you are. You can’t handle adversity, have an overall low EQ, and are lacking important emotional problem solving skills. Not to mention the apparent disconnect in empathy and the inability to see the big picture—like the consequences for your actions FOR OTHERS. See how that works? They won’t even tell you that your social media idiocy caused you to be too impotent for employment. They’ll simply not respond. So, enjoy a long career of darkness and cricket chirps. You’ve inadvertently cancelled yourself.

  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?

    • GOAHFUGURSELF on May 25, 2022 at 6:23 pm

      Nothing to be proud of. Die Antwoord, like most white south africans are absolute pieces of shit. Btw, when you speak english you all sound like Australians with down’s syndrome. Everyone talks about it.

    • Trillanne on July 27, 2022 at 8:01 pm

      Obviously not many have watched the “Making of” Fatty Boom Boom! Watch this turn into yet another circus of B.S. Re..johnny depp vs AH.
      Allegedly and is my opinion only

  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!

    • GOAHFUGURSELF on May 25, 2022 at 6:24 pm

      lololol their own son even says their rapist cunts.

  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!

          • Oz on September 29, 2022 at 5:48 pm

            Did you just use the “he’s not racist, he has black friends” defense but for gay people?



    • MarkAnthony on May 29, 2022 at 6:02 pm

      So what. Get a life !

  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.

    • MarkAnthony on May 29, 2022 at 6:00 pm

      Everybody needs to stfu and let them play there tour dates, as a conservative white American, I love them and their bas ass music, there are millions of fans here in America who don’t give a @&%$ about what most of you are doing, just running your mouths, Yoli and Ninja don’t trip, this left insanity will end soon, you have legions of fans here in Los Angeles, don’t worry about the pink parade and their…..blatherings…..lol

  10. GOAHFUGURSELF on May 25, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I can’t believe the number of morons here defending white south african rapists. LOLOLOL

  11. Jacob on June 17, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2UAupMdHBc How the fuck you gunna blame this on cancel culture. Fuck Die Antwoord.

  12. Derek Swanson on June 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Die Antwoord are genius. Of course doing this kind of “controversial” art is going to bring the dipsh!ts of the world in full force. They seem like the types to be able to weather it. Woke Mind Virus Culture has NOT aged well, and is already looking pretty bad, right about now. I hope those personally unhappy people find some hobbies.

  13. Kittie Rider on August 9, 2022 at 10:07 am

    When I first discovered Die Antwoord i was totally enamored, fascinated, intrigued, and i couldnt get enough. I scoured YouTube for every video I could find. I turned all.of my friends onto them. They were just so DIFFERENT. They were white…but from South Africa….so it gave them a sort of authenticity. And watching their videos felt like you were given an exclusive voyeuristic peek at Cape Town, where ugly was pretty, and weird was celebrated. They were also mysterious. You were sort of left to make of them whatever you wanted. But then Ninja opened his mouth. And so did Yolandi. And suddenly…they were so …human. They were no longer this subplanted , otherworldly circus of oddities. The mystique, the appeal was gone. Is gone. Not only are they human. But very ugly humans at that. And I dont mean their signature “ugly pretty” or “pretty ugly” kind of ugly. I mean just plain old, genuinely UGLY. Whoever their publicist is should be fired stat.

  14. Oz on September 29, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    That’s what happens when you’re a homophobic racist— you have to face the consequences of your actions.

  15. Anon on November 4, 2022 at 1:59 am

    The guy did way worse things like raping his adopted son. Why are people actually defending him here? If anyone deserved to be canceled for anything its a child predator. What the hell is wrong with you people?

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