South African group Die Antwoord are allegedly being pulled from festival lineups after a viral video was uploaded showing members Yolandi and Ninja engaging in outright homophobic behavior and more.
The clip is originally from 2012, but has been reported on in multiple fashions beginning as early as this July. Ben Jay Crossman, the South African duo’s former videographer, was the one who originally uploaded the video but it’s been taken down and re-uploaded many times since then.
The recording shows the final breaking point of tensions between Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi and Andy Butler of the band Hercules and Love Affair, who is openly gay. In the video, Ninja runs up to Butler, seemingly unprovoked, and spits in his face, saying, “It’s nice to see you! I haven’t seen you for so long.” Furthermore, Yolandi can be heard in the video yelling, “Run, fa**ot, run! Run for your life b*tch.”
Ninja came to Yolandi’s defense, claiming that Butler had assaulted her and their actions were made in retaliation. Many are skeptical about the validity of his statements. Watch the video below.
In just the past week since the video resurfaced, Die Antwoord has been removed from the lineup on Kentucky’s Louder Than Life festival, as well as Life Is Beautiful. Neither gathering makes any explicit mention of the video.