After the resurfacing of video showing Die Antwoord allegedly making homophobic comments and assaulting a fellow artist, they’ve been kicked off of multiple festival lineups. And in their absence at Riot Fest the Wu-Tang Clan has been called in to fill the spot.
The Brooklyn-based group is scheduled to take the stage on Saturday, September 14th, and will be accompanied on the bill by Slayer, Rise Against, The Struts and more. Die Antwoord were also dropped from the 2019 Louder Than Life festival after the 2012 visual showed member Ninja in a physical altercation with Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler. The other half of the South Africa-based duo, ¥o-landi, can be heard using a homophobic slur several times during the attack.
Ninja has since said in a statement that the altercation that occurred in Australia was not a hate crime, but “just a fight with someone who fucked with us…. 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 allot of people in our crew are gay,” the statement continues.