He instructed I call him “Da”. Most of us are not sociopaths, yet we are all vulnerable to possibly abusing our power for self-interest, without regard for those we hurt along the way. Five dope albums is tough enough, and Ninja would rather leave the legacy perfect than muck it up with a slow decline. ), he forced her into performing nightmarish sexual rituals, Ninja was allegedly showing women on the set of Chappie, Jazz Lightning Strikes Twice — Bill Evans with Eddie Gomez & Jack DeJohnette, How Radiohead’s “Kid A” Predicted The Future, Tupac Shakur Was Deeply Paranoid and Had a Flair for Being Dramatic, A Look Back: The Black Crowes — Shake Your Money Maker (1990), Inside the Messy World of U.S. Publishing Rights, Taylor Swift’s Lackluster Attempt At Being Indie on “folklore”: A Review. Back to Ninja. He is internationally recognized and celebrated, and has access to top-notch attorneys and public relations managers to command. Sometimes, the people we are closest to are both most afraid of us, and see the greatest good in us. It may look like loyalty to an ideology, religion, or deity. While in 2009 all South Africans were counting the days for the World Cup to arrive, a co… Well, even hotter than usual. Zheani hit us up and asked us if she could help us get Vegan food on tour. (The duo have since employed an attorney. And why would anyone believe us? CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses allegations of abuse. The pair have been accused of grooming a small group of teenage boys in order to steal art used to create the Die Antwoord aesthetic theme, supplying them with alcohol and weed and coaxing them into signing contracts. Power hurts people, perhaps in ways we don’t intend for as individuals. Feeding into the “did it happen or not?” narrative that so often co-opts sexual assault call-outs, does nothing but perpetuate the same dangerous dynamics that surround every sexual assault case: the potential to invalidate trauma, the fact that two people can leave one experience with completely different psychological responses, and totally overlooking that trauma can be realized at any point in a relationship. But when we were backstage i did notice she was trying very hard to hit on 2CHAINZ the rapper who was touring with us. Can we, even? In cases where someone has abused their power in order to fulfill a personal set of sexual fantasies, we must not glorify this behavior, assume survivors are lying, or dismiss it as simply what happens when a young woman meets a celebrity. I have honestly been secretly wondering for some time now when Ninja will get outed for abuse — but not by a fan, or a fellow musician, but by Yolandi herself. There’s the overarching fear: what if I try to stop it and it doesn’t, or it makes it worse? There is something exceptionally racially disturbing about two privately-educated white South Africans commodifying post-Apartheid Xhosa and Afrikaner culture, in order to market it to other colonized nations. Yolandi has since taken to Instagram, publishing two very lengthy posts rubbishing the Aussie rapper’s claims and writing her off as a “fan girl” and a “Clout Chaser”. We don't know what "Fok Julle Naaires" means, but it sounds serious. Yet, when we are hurt psychologically by people in positions of power, they are instructed to protect that power more than anything else. Particularly men. In short: In Die Antwoord’s Pitbull Terriervideo, Ninja represents mankind’s ani… Abuse doesn’t have to be immediately realized for it to have taken place. Die Antwoord tabs, chords, guitar, bass, ukulele chords, power tabs and guitar pro tabs including enter the ninja, alien, babys on fire, doosdronk, rich bitch Watch Queue Queue. Constantly! Die Antwoord’s message is not about tearing down structures, or fighting oppression or sketching a picture of the world today. I can see through you people and I am no longer afraid of you. About a year later, his most recent partner contacted me to apologize and explain that she’d left the relationship, that “Da” had forbidden her from contacting me, that he had become extremely controlling, and that I’d been right. This is a situation that many people in dysfunctional relationships find themselves in, and it speaks less to Yolandi’s role as Ninja’s enabler and more to her entanglement with him. Consider the car. Those who believe Yolandi have worn out their share of overused victim-blaming diatribes. We follow “innocent until proven guilty”, for crimes in which guilt is impossible to prove. Cars kill people. Die Antwoord group is made out of Ninja Watkins Tudor Jones and Yolandi Visser. And, yes, someone can be hurting you and not realize that they are hurting you. She accepted the invite and came to visit shortly after. When the animosity reached my best friend, another potential “wife” for “Da” to take in, I cut off contact completely. Always. We’ve invented breathalyzers for people who’ve been caught drinking and driving. I was invited to join a sex cult when I was 19. When trauma is happening to us, we may not realize it, because those around us have normalized it. So our management hired her as a PA for our crew. The controversy has bifurcated Die Antwoord fans, into those who believe Zheani’s story and those who believe Yolandi’s. she gave him her number 10 seconds after meeting him and kept hitting on him and his crew the whole time. “Go Fuck yourself Yolandi,” Zheani raps. Here’s an idea: what if most of us are completely dissatisfied with our lives, because we feel we have little choice or say in the way things go for us? We have seen this before with bandmates, romantic partners, and family members of abusive people. “I don’t give a fuck you spent a decade with the man / Getting brainwashed by this man / You’re still playing out his plan / And grooming up his fucking fans.”. Looking at power from all angles — industry power, institutional power, economic power, political power — Ninja clearly has the upper hand, and greater capability to escape responsibility from wrongdoing. I want to do just one thing: I want to find the man who did this to me, and explain to him the hurt he caused me, and how it happened. Their reputations become more valuable than other human beings. The difference between a covert rape and an overt rape is often whether or not the survivor has stood up for themselves, and when they are retaliated against or outright ignored. Fans of the group have noted Ninja’s tendency to interrupt Yolandi in interviews, and of the sparse availability of interviews in which Yolandi receives equal time or attention. We settle on a job, a partner, and a home, because our options are limited to us. Everyone’s favorite: why didn’t she report this to police, as though going to the police in a foreign country to press charges against an international celebrity is that simple. Why don’t we, instead, create a social framework that reduces the chances of people in power and of privilege hurting us? It has been corrected to reflect Muller’s nationality. The best way to do this is by opening a discussion on abuse prevention and power imbalance. The last two LPs are out via the band’s own Zef label: Die Antwoord identify as ‘Zef’ in style and in sub-culture – a notion that means you might be poor, but you’re fancy. I bumped into Ninja and this girl and she asked me for a foto. DIE ANTWOORD LIVE!The Music,The Visuals, The Brilliant singing and dancing of Ninja and Yolandi and their dancers,,and their Amazing DJ,, Absolutely Brilliant Absolutely Entertaining!The Music The Rhythms, So Amazing! However, in cases of covert rape, where the optics are not quite as obvious, the guilt and self-admission that weighs on a survivor afterwards can leave them wondering for years whether or not the rape actually took place. I’m not sure what else to call it, without admonishing the women still in the relationship (if any). If they’re really guilty, then why did she wait nearly six years before bringing these allegations to light? Anyway the tour ended and the last time i saw this girl she brought me a vegan burger in my hotel room. Impact before intention. Especially the type from Kind Kitchen in Cape Town. She ended up being adopted by Local minister and his wife. Meanwhile, ‘The Question’ doesn’t only take aim at Die Antwoord member Ninja. And they stayed friends on txt. I remember hearing him say “I just want to make you cum” on repeat, while I blurted every lie I could think of why I didn’t want that (including “you don’t want me, I have herpes”). Ninja’s attitudes toward women and sexuality have ranged from bizarre to outright misogynistic over the years. We need to stop that! Power hurts people. Yolandi goes on to mock Zheani’s “insane story” that she was “trafficked out” to South Africa by the band. The songs, the videos, the art— they made me smile again at times i never thought i'd be happy again and i'm so grateful for that. You can read Yolandi’s statements in full, and watch the video for Zheani’s ‘The Question’ below. These policies completely overlook the fact that rape is one crime in which the perpetrator can legitimately believe they’ve done nothing wrong, yet the survivor is left completely traumatized. Admitting to yourself that abuse took place is both the first step toward recovering from abuse, and sometimes the longest and hardest step. Ninja is a pretty enjoyable MC to me, his heavy accent and enthusiasm for speed over clarity means he's sometimes hard to understand. The harm reduction comes from each of us understanding the power we have over each other and doing everything we can to use it to help others. Affiliate Disclosure: Evolve Media LLC, and its owned and operated websites may receive a small commission from the proceeds of any product(s) sold through affiliate and direct partner links. Particularly older people. “I never intended to release any of this evidence but I was called a liar by thousands of people,” she continues. A year or so later (cant remember exact dates) we played at the Big Day out Festival in Australia. She brought me vegan food every morning on tour – she was really sweet and knew her food well. If it is not overt (read: easily prosecuted in court, with evidence of battery) we don’t recognize it. People are believing less and less that rape is triggered by a woman’s dress, or that it’s a woman’s fault if she’s raped walking by herself in a back alley; more people are beginning to recognize that, surprisingly, men are capable of not forcing themselves sexually. Most women are terrified to reject men, and men give us lots of good reason to be. Someone who has come forth with a very serious story of trauma deserves more than hashtags about being believed and a social media military. But if there was really abuse, why didn’t she say anything about it before? 1-N¥ ️ Why do you like Die Antwoord? So watch me set myself on fire.”. She has received threats of violence. What if we celebrated car crashes the exact same way we celebrate powerful men abusing and fucking up our society? Directed by Terence Neale, NINJA. She accuses Zheani of “clout chasing”: of fabricating a story in order to ride on Die Antwoord’s coattails to promote her new album. You can listen to and support your favorite artists without becoming part of an abusive hivemind, harassing someone you’ve never even met. But the person who raped me was an unemployed skateboarder who lived with his parents: not exactly a “powerful” man. Abusive undertones were prevalent throughout my short-lived friendship with the man. Emotional trauma can, unfortunately, not be proven. Research suggests that mediated conferencing between survivors and their assailants can increase empathy by assailants as well as reduce PTSD symptoms in survivors. Yolandi, in her response to Zheani’s accusations, cautioned women to realize what power we have in situations like these, but it’s hard to find anything meaningfully or logically valid about that statement. 'Baby's On Fire' music video by Die Antwoord. It would look like actually preventing him from ever hurting anyone else again, and preventing others from doing the same. Zheani Sparkes is an artist, musician, and activist, who spent eight days of her life in South Africa with one of the most famous rave groups in history and then didn’t speak of it for years. We respect the car’s ability to kill us, and require training for potential drivers, and enforce punishments for when we’re caught driving dangerously. There was a clear imbalance of power and, in trying to end contact, I was berated, mocked, and my income was threatened, by multiple members of the relationship. The point is that someone is walking away from a sexual or romantic encounter with trauma: feeling hurt, confused, coerced, ashamed, or upset. This is why we fake orgasms, go on dates with men we’re not interested in, feign interest, and why we reject men carefully. “I dont usually respond to these things as people say shit abt [sic] me all the time. A bigger question asked: why is Yolandi not jumping to support another woman? Soon there will be an even bigger stigma against people who use institutional power for sexual self-interest, than the current stigma against those who dare hold the powerful accountable for treating others properly. In two Instagram posts entitled “CLOUT CHASER” parts 1 and 2, Yolandi responded to the allegations. i think she stayed in SA a total of 4 days or something… (might of been bit longer.. cant remember) i only saw them once during her visit. Oct 10, 2016 - Explore Kiki G's board "Die Antwoord", followed by 116 people on Pinterest. For the band, du Toit goes by the stage name ¥o-Landi Vi$$er. Die Antwoord is a South African hip hop group formed in Cape Town in 2008. He is a well-educated white man in post-apartheid South Africa. This video is unavailable. Edited by Saki Fokken Berg. We ignore the fact that the very existence of that elite class is why we have so few choices in life ourselves. Die Antwoord’s message is plain, and … The Die Antwoord community and music fans at large can, must, be better than this. I imagine, without a shadow of a doubt, that this would apply to Yolandi. This is what stops so many people from saying “No”, from defending themselves or trying to. We prop up an elite class of people who have more choices, and less responsibility, because we someday long to join their ranks. From fashion campaigns with Alexander Wang to appearing in the upcoming film Chappie by director Neill Blomkamp ( District 9 ), Die Antwoord’s visual side is just as crazy as their music. This should begin in childhood, and into adolescence in comprehensive sexual education. But Ninja felt bad because he said she was a nice person. See more ideas about die antwoord, yolandi visser, die. Abuse propagates itself like a virus, infecting those who are subjected to it and, often, spread by those same victims. “I wanted to draw the line and finally speak the truth and stand up for myself. Information on Die Antwoord. What Zheani has described isn’t just something that happens to starstruck women meeting celebrities, but it happens on college campuses by athletes, spouses financially dependent on family breadwinners, in families between relatives, and by seemingly everyone who’s ever met many Presidents of the United States. Obviously: powerful people understand, clearly, that they are powerful — then they use that power to obfuscate taking responsibility for wrongdoing. In the clip, Zheani also claims that Die Antwoord have sent her a cease and desist letter, threatening to sue for defamation over her claims. from the 90's) by imitating them and giving them a zef revamp. However, she is also someone who depends on him financially as a working partner, who has built a life with him (which don’t simply unbuckle like Velcro), and who has the potential to be retaliated against in numerous ways (physical, financial, emotional, familial) should she choose to stop supporting him. The optics of their dynamic have seemed very questionable to me. He gets off the leash, kills an asshole on a cell phone, chases two women dressed as black and white cats, and is then hypnotized, killed and finally resurrected by Yolandi, who is covered with chaos magick-style sigils. But this time she has attacked my family including my daughter. As Zheani herself sings in “The Question”, Yolandi through brainwashing may have been subject to her own trauma as well. “I’m about to pay the pied piper / Your luck’s up / You shared those photos while on set with Blomkamp / Emailed them to Copely that was a crime c*nt / Sex offending arse come to ‘stralia get locked up,” she raps. MaxNormal.TV was also the project the duo worked on shortly after the birth of their daughter, Sixteen: an era in which Yolandi has described herself feeling “very isolated”. As a restorative justice advocate, this is what my justice would look like. Queensland rapper Zheani has alleged a storm of serious and disturbing accusations against Die Antwoord‘s Ninja in an explosive new song entitled ‘The Question’. As leerders laataand nog wiskunde probeer uitpluis en ouers probeer verduidelik, is die stryd lankal verlore. As long as power disparities and imbalances exist, there will always be a risk of trauma. South Africa’s zef-rap rave band Die Antwoord are hot news this week. We would probably never be believed now. Yes, I understand that Yolandi herself is Afrikaner. Ninja, jacked Die Antwoord’s style from a group of street kids to whom he offered shelter on his farm, by plying them with drugs and alcohol." Just as Zheani was asked why she hasn’t gone to authorities, Yolandi was asked if they’re really not guilty, then why would she discuss it on Instagram instead of speaking to an attorney for libel, or just staying silent? It would look like changing the conversation around sexual trauma. Die Antwoord, Afrikaans for "The Answer", is comprised of Jones and his partner Yolandi Visser, who have a child together. Perhaps because she lived with him, feared him, and loved him. “(Trafficking involes kidnapping btw)”, the Die Antwoord member writes, detailing an alternate account of her run-ins with the Aussie, which she says took place during the band’s 2011 Australian tour with the Big Day Out. It is a universal experience among women to be terrified while something is happening, and to lie to ourselves and others about the trauma, in order to protect ourselves both from the trauma itself and from potential backlash from others. I know it hurt, and I don’t care whether or not you believe me. This time, step forward South African hip hop duo Die Antwoord. There's no more content to load. - And finally, they kind of poke fun at stereotypes in American hip hop culture (esp. As you can imagine it was a lil awkward cos our break up was still kinda fresh. What if, following car accidents, we were instructed to just keep driving? In the clip, Zheani also claims that Die Antwoord have sent her a cease and desist letter, threatening to sue for defamation over her claims. OK. What’s going on here? We must remind them time and time again that there is only one reason to sleep with someone: because you actively, genuinely, and passionately want to. I said good bye, gave her a a hug and I never heard from her again. Were they there? The five of them were involved in a cult similar to Adidam, a small neo-religious movement, a sort of Western appropriation of Hinduism led by a man who, before his death, had been accused of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by followers. Sound familiar? Starting now, we need to be prepared to change what it means to have power. “(Just for the record me and ninja are Buddhists, we practise yoga, meditate and are vegetarian. Watch Queue Queue In cases where rape is overt — a weapon is brandished, force is used, the survivor was unconscious or underage, and so on — the optics are clearer. I say this for two reasons: musical, and personal. Complete discography, ratings, reviews and more. This is often magnified by the fact that consent is not black-and-white. I thought this was kind of lame – but not a big deal. Skip to content. As South African media ambassadors to the West, they have come under fire for wearing blackface in multiple music videos, and appropriating cultural staples of South African ethnic groups for entertainment and profit. CLOUT CHASER part 1 It has come to my attention that a DA fan girl called ZHEANI has accused me of some really horrible things. We must consider the vantage point from which Yolandi is operating. Die Antwoord's name is Afrikaans for "the Answer" and at the end of the "Zef Side" video the narrator asks: "The answer to what?" My first impression of her was she seemed like an obsessive DA fan girl – her hair was cut exactly like mine but she also seemed sweet. Yet we acknowledge and appreciate their necessity in society, and how efficient they make things and, indeed, how enjoyable they can be. Zheani uploaded a DIY performance music video for the extreme track to YouTube on Monday, which has since clocked up 70K views. I remember him slipping a condom on and going for it anyway, as I eventually literally said “Fuck it, why not?” out loud and, as Barbara Driver may have prescribed, tried to lay back and enjoy it. Die Antwoord (Afrikaans: "The Answer") is a hip-hop act from Cape Town, South Africa consisting of three members, Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek. Fish Paste is an underground hip hop song inspired by Beastie Boys and Public Enemy that also manages to throw some disses at people who have had beef with Ninja and Yolandi before Die Antwoord (they were both established rappers in the Cape Town rap scene since the 90s.) “She also said I tortured her and put her in a satanic ritual,” Yolandi continues. I dont usually respond to these things as people say shit abt me all the time. The most traumatic part was that, as Mary Gaitskill wrote in 1994 of a similar situation, I felt as though I had raped myself, by not standing up for myself better. "In a story released by Johannesburg newspaper City Press, Cape Town farmer, Andre Laubscher alleged that Watkin Tudor Jones a.k.a. We seize licenses from people determined to drive badly, and do everything we can to ensure that those who do drive, do so safely. They are awarded the full spectrum of what we are capable of, both great and terrible. If you need assistance, 1800 RESPECT – the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service — can be reached on 1800 737 732. “It has come to my attention that a DA fan girl called ZHEANI has accused me of some really horrible things. To quickly recap Die Antwoord’s video: Ninja is a pitbull man, being led around on a chain by a kid with devil horns. WB Everything about Die Antwoord radiates some type of ‘out of this world’ kinda energy that lures you in. Home; Diary; Music; Videos; Live; Shop | Home; Diary; Music; Videos; Live; Shop | They have a kid together, her name is Sixteen Jones, Hope this helps :) “All I wanted was to move on with my life and leave their shit behind,” the Aussie musician and alternative model writes in the clip’s description. See how ridiculous this sounds now? We have Die Antwoord’s manager information, along with their booking agents info as well. Thus, so many rapes end in one satisfied person and one traumatized one, with the satisfied party sometimes never realizing that what they did was wrong. Yes, they are a couple. Twitter. ninja told me he stopped speaking to her after the tour because he said she was irritating. They deserve someone who is willing to try to entirely change the way society identifies and handles sexual trauma. The vast majority of sexual abuse is perpetrated by those close to us, or acquaintances of ours, and cannot be proven beyond a “his word against hers” framework.