Unacceptable behavior from South African duo has resulted in three American festivals dropping them from the bill. Die Antwoord hate crime doesn’t sound like a phrase that fits, but it doesn’t look good. Video doesn’t lie and this one shows both Ninja and Yolandi verbally and physically attacking Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler at a 2012 festival in Adelaide, Australia. After Ninja’s initial charge, the two shout homophobic slurs. All the while, the group’s photographer captured the incident. We may never know what actually happened before, but Ninja has already indicated that this was just the tail end of the argument.
This one’s a bummer considering the duo have typically celebrated the weird and wild. Bred in South Africa’s post-apartheid era, Ninja and Yolandi certainly haven’t had a truly western background but the video shows some clearly uncalled for action. If you or someone you know has been a victim of hate crime seek help and always stand up against hate. There’s no room for this on the dance floor, stop the hate and just play the music.
Ninja wrote that the video was ‘cleverly edited’ to look like a hate crime by their former cameraman, who’s been out to get them since being fired. ‘This fight had nothing to with the fact that this guy was gay,’ he wrote. ‘We dont [sic] care about people’s sexual preference. Our DJ and best friend DJ HITEK is gay, and alot [sic] of people in our crew are gay.’ Ninja claims that Yolandi was the actual victim after Butler forcibly held her in a bathroom stall following a long-running argument. He’s clear to deny that was not a Die Antwoord hate crime.
You make the decision on what happened here. Is it a hate crime? Maybe. One thing is certain, always stand up to hate no matter what the scenario.
Warning: graphic content may be disturbing to some. To help make your own decision on what went down, watch the video here.