In the wake of all the recent allegations against the infamous South African rap duo Die Antwoord, another festival has officially removed them from their 2019 lineup. Chicago’s Riot Festival announced via social media yesterday that Die Antwoord would no longer be performing at the festival and that hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan would be replacing them.
This news comes shortly after two festivals Louder than Life and Life is Beautiful both removed the group from their upcoming events. The group are facing major backlash after their former photographer/videographer Ben Crossman created an exposé Instagram account called @rolling_with_the_devil, shortly after the Die Antwoord/Zheani Sparkes scandal.
Ben began sharing damning unseen footage of Watkin Tudo Jones and Anri Du Toit’s ( the group members) controversial racist and homophobic behaviour after Du Toit refused to participate in his documentary (to address their behaviour) and apologise to Zheani Sparkes.
Die Antwoord will no longer be performing at Riot Fest 2019. We will be announcing their replacement tomorrow at 10am.
— Riot Fest (@RiotFest) August 21, 2019
The first video, originally titled ‘One Night in Adelaide’ sees Jones and Du Toit hurling abusive and bigoted words at Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair at Future Music Festival in 2012, 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.
Crossman has since been accused of editing the videos to falsify his stories but in a statement to EDM.com Crossman said the videos have not been tampered with, “the footage has not been doctored,” he told EDM.com. “Edwin from Edwins Generation on YouTube and Griffin the founder of Wat Kyk Jy both have the unedited clips and they can vouch that it is not doctored.”
Crossman went on to apologise to Andy Butler admitting to partaking in the assault but not the extent to which Jones recalls.“My apologies go out to Andrew Butler,” said Crossman. “I was utilized as a flying monkey by Ninja and Yolandi in this instance and for that, I am not proud.”
Another post appeared on Crossman’s exposé account @rolling_with_the_devil today which you can read in full below. The story behind Die Antwoord’s alleged controversial behaviour goes far deeper than Crossman’s accounts. We encourage you to read the full breakdown right here and follow both @rolling_with_the_devil and Edwins Generation for more groundbreaking information.
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A few days before "one night in Adelaide" i filmed Ninja piss into a beer bottle during an interview. The interviewers were freaked out and stopped filming. I continued to film as Yolandi poured Ninjas Urine into a champagne glass then walk through the artists area. I had no idea where Yolandi was going until she found Andy Butler sitting on a couch. Yolandi threw Ninjas piss in Andys face!!! A few days later Yolandi made up a fake story of how she was sexualy assaulted by Mr Butler in the ladies bathroom. Both our tour managers that were there and knows the truth as well as Diak and dj Hi-tek but they have signed strict NDA's and are worried about their careers! I luckily never signed shit ever!! Also I don't have a career and have nothing to loose,,,, that's why I record all my phone covo's at the moment so if you say something like "yes it was all a lie, Yolandi confessed to me but I don't wanna get involved but if it goes to court then I will tell the truth. Seriously??? If I don't get more cooperation in the next day or two I'll have no choice but to release the phone calls, text watsapp screen shots and more! If you take a stance of protecting these abusers then you are condoning their abuse. #fact! #hatecrime #assult P. S YOLANDI, why did you throw Ninjas piss in Andy Butlers face??? I would love to know what he said that was so bad that he deserved that???