Die Antwoord dismiss racism allegations

2012-10-23 12:48
Cape Town - Yo-landi Vi$$er has spoken out about the racial allegations against Die Antwoord's latest music video Fatty Boom Boom, saying she "doesn't know what blackface is", reports Die Burger.

Yo-landi has dismissed allegations saying that "it's an African thing" and that people "wouldn't understand".

Die Antwoord's Fatty Boom Boom video shows 'Lady Gaga', played by a male actor, in her infamous meat dress as she gets a minibus taxi tour of downtown Johannesburg. She spots Die Antwoord's Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er get ready for a street performance and is immediately impressed by them.

It's an African thing

In true Die Antwoord style, Yo-Landi takes fashion to a new level as she is covered head to toe in blackface and wears a dress made of Chappies chewing gum wrappers, while Ninja sports white body paint and black contact lenses.

Since the video premiered last week, it has attracted nearly 3 million views on YouTube.

In an interview with Die Burger's Theunis Engelbrecht, Yo-landi shrugged off racist allegations surrounding the video.

"We don't even know what blackface is. Ninja painted my face black for the video as part of our visual idea to illustrate an inter dimensional bridge between the colour filled streets and the pitch black voodoo-room in the video.

"The pitch black Yo-landi in a street filled with colours around her immediately attracts your eye when jumping from the dark voodoo-room with Ninja and his backup dancers, who are also painted black. It's an African thing - they wouldn't understand it," Yo-landi explained.

Die Antwoord and Lady Gaga were both locked in a war of words last week after Lady Gaga, a self-confessed fan of the zef-rap crew, took to Twitter to express her feelings about the video. Die Antwoord hit back at her, much to the dismay of Lady Gaga fans everywhere.

According to Yo-landi, the video has also caused an outrage in the US. "The video also premiered on US television the other day. Lady Gaga fans are also upset because they think we named the song Fatty Boom Boom because Gaga picked up a lot of weight recently.

"But this is just a coincidence, as the song was released in February when she was still fit," Yo-landi assured.

Chappies wrapper

Despite the controversy the video has caused, Yo-landi's face has been added to the "Did You Know" section of the Chappies chewing gum wrappers.

"They phoned me after seeing the video and asked me if they could send me a gift. I then received a package wrapped in a large Chappies wrapper. When I looked on the back, my face was under the "Did You Know" section.

The group is currently in the US for a tour and will be stopping over in New Orleans, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles.

Lady Gaga is set to perform two stadium shows in South Africa next month. She will be in Johannesburg on 30 November at the FNB Stadium and in Cape Town on 3 December at the Cape Town Stadium.


  • rory.molyneux - 2012-10-23 13:10

    "[Casual Racism] it's an African thing. You wouldn't understand".

      john.zen.33 - 2012-10-23 14:09

      And Black boys paint themselves white,during initiation.Get over yourselves.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-23 16:45

      Everyone one is so super sensitive that even if she had worn black lipstick she would be accused of "racism"

  • rory.molyneux - 2012-10-23 13:10

    "[Casual Racism] it's an African thing. You wouldn't understand".

      osiris.fox - 2012-10-24 05:25

      Shave the beard bro. It's lame.

  • john.p.steyn - 2012-10-23 13:13

    You've got a bit of a chip on your shoulder.

  • grant.callaway.50 - 2012-10-23 13:16

    In what way is this supposedly racist?

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-10-23 13:36

      real racists always find/make reasons.

      pearson.botha - 2012-10-24 10:14

      Blackface is ABSOLUTELY a no-no in the USA. This is due to white actors parodying blacks in the 1920s, like 100 years ago. I think we should get over it already. This furore is caused by patronising whites who know what is offensive to black people (on their behalf) and to certain other people who have nothing whatsoever going for them, except the "fact" that they are victims.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-10-23 13:18

    I also saw the possible link to blackface this might stir if it goes viral. Their stance is fair....in Africa we don't know who blackface is...it is not our heritage.

      merven.halo - 2012-10-23 13:31

      Especially with the chicken poster in the back ground.

      prettyflippinwise - 2012-10-25 09:20

      South Africa doesn't know what blackface is, yet hosts an annual minstrel show in Capetown called Kaapse Klopse, often referred to as "Coon Carnival". Interesting.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-10-23 13:19

    Love it, people take these guys antics far too seriously.

  • paul.chick.501 - 2012-10-23 13:20

    Ja whatever ! Bloody good video

  • althea.meintjies - 2012-10-23 13:24

    Agggg....Yo-Landi, moet niks kop toe vat nie man, besides, ek het nog nooit iemand so swart gesien nie...

  • Sharne111 - 2012-10-23 13:56

    Jeeeez! I only now realize how big a racist I am - my TV, stove, fridge and home theatre system are all BLACK. Oh not forgetting my daughter's cat!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-23 16:29

      Eish! Me too. My toilet paper is white.

      brilloks.bittergal - 2012-10-24 10:34

      Lol Thabang, I can get you some with malema's face on. that should fix your problem...

  • paul.chick.501 - 2012-10-23 13:57

    Whats "black face" mean ? apart from the fact that she is painted black ?

      clay.gray.505 - 2012-10-23 14:47

      Blackface is a form of theatrical make-up. It was used to, basically, draw attention to black facial features and characteristics. Think about the cartoons where Africans are shown to have massive lips and dark skin...

  • witwolf.digter - 2012-10-23 15:35

    Satanists. All of them.

      LedByFloyd - 2012-10-23 17:45

      And who are you, God?

      Thermophage - 2012-10-23 22:56

      lol...idiot...YOU :P

      james.m.turner.35 - 2012-10-24 11:11

      Adults with Imaginary friends are stupid.

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-23 15:53

    Hahahaha! Awesome! "But this is just a coincidence, as the song was released in February when she was still fit,", implying that she is now fat. HAHAHAHAHA!

  • chez.kri - 2012-10-23 16:00

    I thought "blackface" was when white people painted their face black from the days when black people weren't allowed to act with whites in the American movies? Oh so Yolandi is quite correct then; it seems that it IS an American thing coz not too many people on this forum seem sure either.

  • masello.motana - 2012-10-23 18:27

    of course she does not know what "blackface" is. it's so nice to be white. first they rip of the cape flats and now blackface. sies man

      brilloks.bittergal - 2012-10-24 10:44

      Hi Masello, you should try being black. its way nicer.

  • dan.gleebits.33 - 2012-10-23 22:02

    Yolande/Ninja - love this stuff. Exquisite and high level humour - Gaga doesn't get it, and she's been playing this game for years (and it shows).

      clarissa.bell.12 - 2012-10-24 08:42

      "High level humour" Really? Is that what you call a crass collage of stereotypes? High level? My arse.

  • elvia.gomez.9809 - 2012-10-24 00:59

    If Bjork did this everyone would love it. So chill out Gaga lambs!

      clarissa.bell.12 - 2012-10-24 08:43

      No, if Bjork did it it would be beautiful, witty, clever, imaginative as opposed to ugly, uncomfortable and expediently "shock shlock".

  • annamarie.radloff - 2012-10-24 01:24

    What a lot of booha. If your'é not African or South Afrcan you won't get the brilliance of this video. This is a fatastic summary of how we view and experience all the rich "developed" country tourists and celebrities and teir patronizing, arrogent attitude towards AFRICA. We are all over the white/black thing here. We live here. The USA and socalled developed countries have issues with tis and with reason: they pretend to be so non-racist, but oh just watch them throw all the "llegal aliens" (from AFRICA) out of teir countries. They cry wolf for the ghosts in their own backyards. Their guilty conscience perhaps starting to haunt them for all the massacres and rape of afica over the past few centuries? Brilliant video.

  • clarissa.bell.12 - 2012-10-24 08:40

    Okay, hands up all who have actually read 'Tintin in the Congo'? The blackface scenes (see the frame grab above, on this page) are like something out of this Tintin book: old, colonial stereotypes of what Africans look like. The big lips (accentuated with red), the big strange eyes, the freakish hair. When Yolandi says "We don't know what blackface is" she is either being remarkably dense, or simply, dishonest. I can't bear Die Antwoord. Crass opportunism and lousy "songs". Gaga was right. They don't have a hit.

      paul.chick.501 - 2012-10-24 14:53

      Ok, hands up all who actually believe Yolandi that we as South Africans dont know what "black face" is

  • natalie.kim.3572 - 2012-10-24 11:35

    Those who don't get the multi-faceted levels of irony, are scary. Thank you, Die Antwoord, for your consistently brilliant creativity and inspiration.

  • natalie.kim.3572 - 2012-10-24 12:19

    People who don't get the multi-faceted levels of irony, are scary. Thank you Die Antwoord for your consistently high standards of creativity and inspiration!

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-25 07:08

    Even though I don't like the swearing - the imagery is brilliant - South African people commenting on how they perceive Tourists are Seeing South Africa and her people - Blackface and Lions roaming the streets - and there is bugs that crawl in everywhere. And I am certain the black panther from South America, and Ninja's white and red make up is the same as used by some amazonian tribes, helps to include them as well in this perception that everything outside the USA/Europe is wild and untaimed

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-25 23:05

    Die Antword..........the answer?

  • Eric NoEnbridge Lescarbeau - 2013-12-10 05:16

    It's interesting that die antwoord are getting the exact same accusation of "racism" thrown at them that Lorde has recently gotten for her song "Royals". Both songs criticize mainstream hiphop, albeit for slightly different reasons, but the common element is that both die antwoord and lorde are from overseas and they're white. In both cases critics seem largely blind to the fact that mainstream american hiphop is polluting the airways in these artists' countries with music that woships money and the elite while overshadowing local artists and culture. It's important to put the music in context and ask if there is any actual racist content in the lyrics, in the kinds of people or ideas these artists associate themselves with or even in the imagery they present in their videos. On all three counts both die antwoord and lorde are not guilty. If you actually look at the lyrics of Fatty Boom Boom in translation it is quite clear they are criticizing all US pop music including Lady Gaga (white and not even rap)and comparing them all to Vanilla Ice (a lame white rapper). Lastly, if you take a moment to go and look at clips of black face and then compare it to the Fatty Boom Boom video there is a very obvious difference. Die Antwoord are themselves dressed in body paint. They're not attempting to caricature or make any kind of comment on blacks. You have to look past the surface appearance of art and use your head to understand the intent behind it.

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