Die Antwoord seemed to be on the verge of climbing to a new tier of celebrity this year with Ninja and Yolandi Visser playing prominent roles in the dystopian sci-fi twee oddity Chappie. Now they’ll definitely be more famous, but not for the right reasons; notorious might be a better word for it. Drake and Die Antwoord are both touring Australia right now as part of the traveling Future Music Festival, and for whatever reason, Visser decided to lash out at Drake on Instagram three days ago. As Billboard points out, Visser posted a photo of Drake overlaid with the phrase, “I’m a massive faggot.” The caption reads, “Fuk. Drake was kak.” Kak is slang for feces. Here’s the offending post:
According to a Huffington Post interview from 2011, because Die Antwoord’s DJ Hi-Tek is gay, they think they have a right to use homophobic slurs. Here’s Ninja on the matter:
I’d like to set the record straight here once and for all. Number one: DJ Hi-Tek is gay. So there you go. Now you all know. Number two: Dj Hi-Tek says the word faggot doesn’t hold any power over him. Hi-Tek says faggot all the time cause he’s like, kind of taken that word and made it his bitch. Number three: Just to be fucking clear, the Antwoord is not homophobic… Number four: It comes across to us that some people from America are heavy sensitive about the use of certain words. But the thing is, what you need to understand is, we’re not from America. We’re from South Africa. And South Africa people aren’t so pumped up about these words.
Regardless of the group’s rationale, Visser’s post is an all-around terrible thing to do. The only bright side I can think of is that, as someone who never liked Die Antwoord’s music or bought into their shtick, maybe now they’ll disappear from pop culture.
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