Die Antwoord dropped from festival lineups as their controversial 2019 scandal continues – here’s the full breakdown


Die Antwoord dropped from multiple festival lineups as their controversial 2019 scandal continues

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.

Related | Check out Edwins Generation’s YouTube channel for a full breakdown of the 2019 Die Antwoord saga

Ninja and Zheani’s chats

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.

Related | Check out Edwins Generation’s YouTube channel for a full breakdown of the 2019 Die Antwoord saga

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.

Ninja’s Statement

“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.”


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    1. What really bothers me about this is that people seems more incensed about these guys being caught on camera saying slurs than them assaulting, harrassing, hitting, abusing people. Like people kept listening to them after a girl acussed the guy of rape but slur words are a no no? I don’t understand the culture of english speaking countries

      1. Guada,

        Thankfully, it is not English speaking countries culture that is the root of this issue. It is a new rising culture of outrage and offense. Something very strange is going on in the Lands of the Free. I’m happy to see you notice this. It’s frustrating. Hope you know that not all from English/Western countries are the same. It seems to have started as a way to get attention and now it’s become some sort of scary, obsessive culture as you said, where rape is fine but saying n-word is big bad horrible “unforgivable” thing. It’s scary out there. I don’t know what the future holds. It needs to stop, though.

    2. I am blatantly disgusted, especially at the fact that people are more bothered about the slurs (horrible nonetheless) than the actual rape allegations themeselves even though they have proved almost entirely true at this point. I was a die hard DA fan… But as soon as I heard Zheani’s story, and the credible evidence, I was completely done. No second thoughts. Sure the slurs are horrible but what happened to zheani is so much worse, and then to be mocked by ¥olandi after the fact would have really hurt, especially coming from a woman who you thought might understand you. To top it all off they have involved their son in the affair by showing him naked photos of Zheani, and involving Zheani’s sister by leaking Zheani’s private images, and accounts for her to see. Honestly the fact that people really started to pay attention after the slurs makes me feel quite disappointed. Thank Goodness for Ben, for leaking alot of the really solid evidence aswell. I wish the victims of these people nothing but success and happiness moving forward.

    1. The fact that your actually wishing these people to become unemployed is a real mean comment. They come from a country of grave unemployment and poverty. The fact that you calling them names also doesn’t make you any better. They have made a huge success of themselves and the group. They put South Africa on the map for rappers. Personally I love their music and always will. You are just plain rude by saying that about them 🙄

      1. So, because they made a lot of money, they’re allowed to assault people and sexually abuse people? That’s what you’re saying?

  1. These people suck and have lied too many times to have any credibility at this point. Apologise for once.

  2. Watkin attacked Andy Butler a day after this interview:
    start @6:08 https://vimeo.com/39170907
    listen till end phrase @7:08

  3. So, still no apology, just digging deeper hole using the old ‘I’m not homophob cuz I got a gay friend/I’m not racist I have a black friend’ line. And once again belittle people that happen to out their bs & fin off with advertizement ‘we are nice good people so trust us on empty word and don’t trust those other guys with solid proof’

    *HE SPIT IN ANDYS FACE WHEN HE RAN UP TO START SHT! Seriously, how do you edit to make look bad?

  4. Watkin sayin about this encounter that Andy described in interview (2012), except his own version of it.
    start it @6:08 https://vimeo.com/39170907
    listen till end phrase @7:08
    ?did watkin get homophobofended?

    Also, to instigate a fight, Watkin ran up and SPIT in Andy’s face, causing Butler to react with spilled drink

  5. This literally is upsetting to see and hear,I’m highly disappointed with DA they just dug their own grave. I’m not a DA fan anymore I will be Durning every DA merch I got from them.

  6. Anyone who is IGNORANT enough to believe this white trash piece of cunt that got her tramp heart broken cause she couldn’t get her 15 minutes of Fame, y’all make me sick…. Supporting this ignorant waste of fuck flesh and blood is soooo sad… Makes me lose more and more hope in this world…… HER 15 FUCKING MINUTES OF FAME ARE UP…. GET YALLS HEADS OUTTA YOUR FUCKING ASSES… SHES A FUCKING FAKE ASS BITCH LOOKING FOR A FREE RIDE…. As soon as I heard her “overly processed fake as song” i instantly would love to square off with this waste of life!!!! Fuck this fake ass bitch… I’m not normally one to call people out but COME ON PEOPLE… OPEN YOUR FUCKING EYES!!!!!!!!!!!! SHES A FUCKING ATTENTION SEEKING TWAT!!!!

    1. And what about the guy from hercules and the love affair and the video footage of DA being racist and spitting in people’s faces?

  7. I love the fact that they are finally getting what the deserve. What a bunch of brainwashed assholes that still support them.

  8. I think no matter gay straight or anywhere in between if u Fuck with me or mine I’ll call u as I see u and beat ur ass. Respect me and I’ll respect u disrespect me and I’ll disrespect u in the worse way I possibly can. These artist are my kind of people keep up the good work and badass raps!

  9. Never expected this. Ninja why … yours is way hotter. Never the less … sort your beef and let’s get back to making hits …. Kind Regards BRASI

  10. I’ve been following these stories for months since Zeahani came out with her story. Edwins Generation is a very good journalist. I have been a fan for years of DA. Im not shocked by their behavior actually and for everyone else to be upset means u dont know them. They are rude and blunt. I love their music not their lives! I could careless. If they truly are real stories. Ninja and Yolandi are actually peaceful off stage. I dont think its all true. And Ninja has always been a Pervert!! Lol! He started dating Yolandi when she was a teenager and he was 29!!! They are from a different culture than America. South Africa is way way different culture!! Everyone needs to calm down! Burning their music wont solve anything!

    1. I would just like to point out that this South African culture you speak ok, does not tolerate this bullshit… do not pass this off as they are different because culture is different in SA. No thanks. I have heard more people outside of SA talk about DA than within our borders.
      So you can like them all you want, that’s great, but don’t be thinking their behaviour is the norm for us. 👍🏼

  11. Nobody mentioned of Watkins prancing around story telling, meanwhile adults trying to deal with molest situation at hand. They give serious options to handle it, but Watkin just wants attention so he can FINISH his story.
    Anri was lying, and Watkin decided to make an anecdote of #metoo
    TF kinda ‘art’ is that??

  12. damn, only thing required from them was simple sorry, but nooo,they rather write essay upon essay of obvious solidly debunked bs, instead of ownin up to actions (blame it in alcohol)
    Don’t forget all employees signed disclosure contacts, so they can’t speak up publicly.
    However, their own tour manager confirmed that sex assault accusation on gay male was a fabricated story composed by DA.

    Nobody trying to get fame from this ugly situation, evryone just trying to get TRUTH out of narcissists. Hell of a task!!

  13. Nobody mentioned of Watkins prancing around story telling, meanwhile adults trying to deal with molest situation at hand. They give serious options to handle it, but Watkin just wants attention so he can FINISH his story.
    Anri was lying, and Watkin decided to make an anecdote of #metoo
    TF kinda ‘art’ is that???

  14. Video was NOT ‘cleverly edited’, in REALITY its Watkins excuses were very cleverly fabricated. Story about their lunch interruption by guy from fest leading band was already video documented in (2012) interview:
    Future Music Interview Series, Hercules & Love Affair by PEDESTRIAN TV

    Compare what Andy said in 2012 on record -to- what Watkin claims had happened (2019)
    Also, compare Watkins recent fb ballad excuses, to actual video footage. Watkin ran up & spat in Andy’s face to instigate a fight, & threw a punch.Andy tried walkin away, but you don’t see Watkin to stop. You seen uncut footage. Maybe they will eventually address their false molestation accusation defamation to gay male. They literally made up story on a go.

    But knowing how they roll, there is more chances it will be another long bs essay with excuses…

  15. damn, only thing required from them was simple sorry, but nooo,they rather write essay upon essay of obvious solidly debunked bs, instead of ownin up to actions (blame it in alcohol)
    Don’t forget all employees signed disclosure contacts, so they can’t speak up publicly.  
       However, their own tour manager confirmed that sex assault accusation on gay male was a fabricated story composed by DA.

    Nobody trying to get fame from this ugly situation, evryone just trying to get TRUTH out of narcissists. Hell of a task!!

  16. Sure,u can keep supporting music, because samples of other artists is what makes it anyway.  Their originality lies in other people’s talents, which they fail to credit anyway.
      South Africa don’t want sht to do with them fakes.
    They think they are “stars” now, so flaunting the – ‘we look down on you’ attitude has become a norm.
    WHY DO YOUNG KIDS BELIEVE THEM ON EMPTY NO-CRED WORDS, RATHER THAN LOOK AT ALL THE SOLID PROOF AVAILABLE???

  17. WHY CANT PEOPLE SEE PAST Zheanni “clouty nonchasing”saga, to FINALLY SEE DAs continuous vile behaviour toward EVERYONE who happen to address them with slightest difference of opinion.
    WHY WATKINS EGO SO DAMN FRAGILE!??

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