- A video from 2012 appears to show Watkin Tudor Jones and Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord committing a hate crime against Andy Butler
- In the video Jones also encourages Visser to claim Butler sexually assaulted her
- The video has allegedly gotten the group removed from two music festivals
- Jones claims the video was edited by Ben Crossman to appear worse than it is
A video from 2012 began circulating on social media that appears to show Watkin Tudor Jones and Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord assaulting and shouting homophobic slurs at Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair. In the video Jones instructs Visser to pretend that Butler sexually assaulted her as well.
In the video filmed by Ben Crossman, Jones is seen running up on openly gay musician Butler. Jones appears to grab Butler then spit in his face. Some words are exchanged, then Butler wipes the spit from his face and throws his beer on Jones and begins walking away.
Crossman goes up to Butler and the two appear to struggle with each other for a minute. Yolandi can be heard saying, “Oh my God the faggots are fighting! This is so cute. This is the cutest thing…” Butler runs from the group and Visser is heard yelling, “Look at the faggot! Run faggot run! Run for your life bitch!”
The group stops pursuing Butler and begin helping Die Antwoord’s sound engineer Diak Voigt look for his glasses. Voigt was allegedly also part of the altercation. Visser is then instructed on what to say and told to stop laughing. Jones and Visser are seen telling people about an alleged sexual assault. Visser is seen pretending to cry.
As they walk away, Jones is heard saying “She’s like Marilyn Monroe. This is the Oscar award winning [inaudible].” As the group continues to walk away they continue to joke while Visser is told to stop smiling. At one point Jones is heard saying “we’re going to have to edit that part out.”
The group goes on to report the alleged sexual assault to what appears to be an organizer of the even they are at. They are then taken inside a building where they continue pushing their story. At one point Visser is seen turning to the camera and smiling. Jones begins telling his version of the confrontation which includes a bizarre Matrix references of dodging the beer and at one point saying he was like a “mosquito.” Die Antwoord demands an apology from Butler and for travel plans to be changed to ensure they do not cross paths with him again.
According to the YouTube channel XXXTRASHION brat that uploaded the video on August 4, Voigt came out in support of Die Antwoord then shortly after was exposed for following dozens of preteen girls on Instagram.
Since the video has started gaining attention Die Antwoord have been removed from lineup of Louder Than Life in Louisville, Kentucky and the Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to edm. Last week Louder Than Life confirmed the group was removed from the show on their Facebook page, stating it was “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
On Sunday morning Jones — who also guys by the alias “Ninja” — addressed the video on the Die Antwoord Facebook page. According to Jones, Crossman “has been on a rampage to make us look bad in the media because we fired him years ago.” Jones also claims Crossman is “mentally unstable.” In the post Jones states that Crossman “cleverly edited this video clip” to make it appear as a hate crime. Jones claims the confrontation was “just a fight with someone who fucked with us.”
In the post Jones claims Butler had a history of harassing the group on a 2012 tour that ended with the confrontation in Australia seen on video. Jones claims “in the heat of the moment” he told Visser to be as dramatic as possible to avoid being detained for Butler’s “bullshit story.” Jones also claims he and Visser do not look for trouble and the two are “kind people with good hearts who make surreal art and hardcore rap music.”