South African group Die Antwoord have been accused of a homophobic hate crime.
A video has surfaced appearing to show the duo attacking Andy Butler of Hercules & Love Affair, before shouting: “Run, fa**ot, run! Run for your life b*tch.”
The group’s Ninja then appears to concoct a story of Andy Butler sexually assaulting a young girl, while band mate Yolandi seems to feign tears.
The video was shot at Adeleide’s Future Music festival, and was uploaded by Ben Jay Crossman, Die Antwoord’s former videographer – it was then taken down, but has been re-uploaded several times since.
As a result, Die Antwoord have been pulled from several festival line ups.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Die Antwoord will no longer be performing at Louder Than Life. The rest of the epic lineup remains the same. Let the countdown to 3 days of rock continue!
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In response, Die Antwoord’s Ninja wrote on Facebook that the video had been “cleverly edited” to appear like a hate crime.
“This fight had nothing to with the fact that this guy was gay,” he wrote. “We dont [sic] care about people’s sexual preference. Our DJ and best friend DJ HITEK is gay, and alot [sic] of people in our crew are gay.”
The statement does not include an apology for using the word ‘faggot’.
Andy Butler has yet to comment on the video.
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