Die Antwoord removed from festivals amid polemic video
Die Antwoord have been removed from festivals after a polemic video surfaced online claiming homophobic abuse. The South-African duo saw three major festivals saying them goodbye.
The band was due to appear at Riot Fest in Chicago, Louder Than Life in Louisville and Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas. The three festival canceled their appearance after a seven-year video surface online showing an altercation between them and Hercules & Love Affair. The incident took place at Future Music Festival in Australia, in 2012. In the video, Die Antwoord's Ninja appears to spit in Butler's face while Yolandi appears to direct homophobic slurs towards Hercules & Love Affair leader.
Ninja released a statement denying it was a hate crime and added: "This was just a fight with someone who fucked with us. Not a hate crime. 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 a lot of people in our crew are gay. But if a person – no matter what their sexual preference it – keeps harassing us over and over, then physically harasses Yolandi, there will obviously be repercussions. Ben Crossman has been on a rampage to make us look bad in the media because we fired him years ago, for being mentally unstable, and malicious towards our family."
Riot Fest has replaced Die Antwoord by Wu-Tang Clan, Louder Than Life called In This Moment and Life Is Beautiful has yet to officialize a change on the bill. The video is no longer available on YouTube.