After a viral online video in which Die Antwoord, a South African hip-hop duo, physically attacked DJ Andy Butler and called him homophobic slurs, the group was removed from many festivals. As Mix MagThe incident happened at Future Music 2012 in Australia. Ninja chased Butler down, who is openly homosexual. “Run, f****t, run. Run for your life b***h,”Yolandi, Ninja’s musical partner can be heard shouting. Later on, Ninja’s musical partner, Yolandi can be heard screaming. “Oscar Award-winning.”
Their Facebook explanation in which the couple claimed that the video was only “cleverly edited,”It didn’t win them any fans. Ninja said that they didn’t antagonize Butler for his sexuality and that it was not. “just a fight with someone who f***ed with us.”In addition to the video controversy, many women have come forward to accuse Ninja, per, of sexual assault. The Sydney Morning Herald.
The band’s reputation has led to them being cut from a number of U.S. musical festivals, including Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas and Louder Than Life in Kentucky, per Mix Mag. Their behavior was still causing them to lose Die Antwoord gigs by 2021. Kerrang! reporting that they were dropped from the ALT+LDN festival after other performers complained about the group being part of the lineup.
Help is available for anyone who has been the victim of sexual assault. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website Contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656 HOPE (4673).