Die Antwoord (Anri Du Toit and Watkin Tudor Jones) have faced some damning accusations this year by Australian model and rapper Zheani Sparkes. The young insta-famous artist accused the group of everything from trafficking to sexual misconduct and abuse. Zheani claimed to have everything on record and unleashed her accusations in a bombshell diss track called ‘The Question.’
Die Antwoord hit Zheani with a cease and desist order and soon after that she released a music video for ‘The Question’ – containing proof of all her allegations. A nasty online battle began that saw the duo publicly humiliate young Zheani – but the WhatsApp messages, emails and images she had saved between herself and Ninja are hard to ignore.
The feud seemed to settle after some time but that was until a brand new Instagram account popped up called ‘@rolling_with_the_devil.’ The account was opened by Die Antwoord’s former photographer/videographer Ben Crossman, who claimed to have terabytes upon terabytes of footage of both Du Toit and Watkins. Crossman reached out to Die Antwoord, informing them he was making a documentary of their time spent together and wanted Du Toit and Watkins to participate and address their controversial behaviour – when Du Toit declined Crossman promised to expose them and gave Du Toit an ultimatum – apologize to Zheani.
Needless to say, no apologies were made and Crossman, their former photographer began posting revealing content to his exposé account, including the recorded phone conversation in which he demands Yolandi apologise to Zheani. Ben also calls out Yolandi during the call regarding Watkins and her own status in the controversial Panama Papers – 1.5 million leaked documents that detail financial and attorney-client information for more than 214,488 offshore entities and accounts – suggesting that the duo hasn’t been truthful about their finances for some time.
But what’s caught the attention of the world this week is the starkly homophobic and racist unseen videos of Die Antwoord attacking Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair at Future Music Festival in Adelaide, Australia back in 2012 and using racial slurs and degrading the late Whitney Housten.
The first video, originally titled ‘One Night in Adelaide’ sees Jones and Du Toit hurling abusive and bigoted words at Butler, accusing him of sexually assaulting Du Toit – even though he is gay. In the second video released by Crossman titled ‘Visser calling Whitney Houston a crack whore bitch,’ we see behind-the-scenes footage of Du Toit repeatedly and unforgiving using the ‘N’-word.
Since the videos went viral the group have been removed from two upcoming festivals – the organizers of Louder Than Life and Life Is Beautiful disclosed that Die Antwoord has been removed from each event’s lineup.
Die Antwoord has become known for their blatant appropriation of African cultures and misogynistic and homophobic undertones in their “work” but the two videos released by Crossman have cast the duo in a much grimmer light and it’s clear that their controversial behaviour extends far beyond their stage identity and is becoming problematic. Today, Watkins aka Ninja released a full statement which you can read below as well as watch the controversial videos Crossman has released.
The story behind Zheani and Die Antwoord is an extensive one and we encourage you to read more on it and decide for yourself. Edwins Generation, a YouTuber who has been closely following the story has a comprehensive list of videos breaking down the saga including the controversial phone call between Crossman and Yolandi.
Die Antwoord’s legal possie have been moving swiftly to remove all damaging content online so be sure to follow @rolling_with_the_devil for more unseen content before it disappears.
“In relation to the“hate crime” video in Adelaide filmed by our ex-cameraman Ben Crossman:
Ben has cleverly edited this video clip to make it seem like me and ¥o-landi committed a hate crime towards a person because they are gay. However Ben beat up the guy from Hercules himself while filming this same video clip.
This was just a fight with someone who fucked with us. Not a hate crime. This fight had nothing to with the fact that this guy was gay. We don’t care about people’s sexual preference. Our DJ and best friend DJ HITEK is gay, and a lot of people in our crew are gay.
But if a person (no matter what their sexual preference it) keeps harassing us over and over, then physically harasses ¥o-landi, there will obviously be a repercussion.
Ben Crossman has been on a rampage to make us look bad in the media because we fired him years ago, for being mentally unstable, and malicious towards our family. Here is what happened during our Australian tour that led up to the incident in Adelaide:
While Die Antwoord was on tour in Australia (8 years ago) during the Big Day Out festival, ¥o-landi and I were having breakfast at a hotel when some guy we did not know pulled up a chair at our table and said: “I need to speak with you guys.” I told the guy, “We are having some private time.” To which this guy replied: “Oh you are always having private time, aren’t you” then he walked off. A minute later, the guy walked past us again and said to us: “You need to get slapped through the face with my dick,” and he walked off again, and sat down at a table nearby with a friend.
We asked around later if anyone knew who this person was, and we found out that he was a singer from some band called Hercules. We were on tour with all the bands from Big Day Out for 7 shows, and everywhere we went, this guy kept stalking us and passing fucked up comments at us over and over.
At the end of the tour, during our final festival in Adelaide, the guy from Hercules followed ¥o-landi into the girl’s bathroom and wouldn’t let her out, and she had to physically push past him to get out of the bathroom. She then ran to me and (our cameraman) Ben and told us what just happened. This is why we all got up and ran after this guy (which Ben has not included in his edit).
As I ran up to the guy from Hercules, he threw a drink at me and punched me so I hit him back, and he ran off. Ben (our cameraman) then chased the guy and got into a scuff with him. During this scuff, Ben punched the guy from Hercules in the face. The guy then ran away screaming for security to arrest us.
In the heat of the moment, I quickly told ¥o-landi to be as dramatic as possible about what happened so that we wouldn’t be detained for this guys bullshit story he was busy spinning to security. The festival asked us if we wanted to press charges against the guy and we said no, as the incident was now over.
At the end of the day, we are kind people with good hearts who make surreal art and hardcore rap music. We don’t look for trouble, and we believe in love, respect and equality. But if you fuck with us, we gonna pull up.”