What’s up, everyone? It’s Edwin and today we’re gonna be talking about the popular South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord and their casual use of the N-word, as well as why they believe it’s okay for them to say it. Alright, get ready for this. “What, n*gga?” If you haven’t kept up with the series, I highly recommend watching the previous episodes but let me tell you real quick what you need to know for this episode. Die Antwoord’s former videographer created an Instagram account called rolling_with_the_devil where he announced that he would be working on a documentary exposing who the rappers really are. And in the caption to one of his photos, he wrote for Ninja to give him a phone call. He didn’t get a call from Ninja, however, he did get a call from Yolandi. Ben wanted the group to take part in the documentary to explain some parts of the footage and answer some questions regarding some of the footage.
Yolandi refused and here we are. A few days after the phone call with Ben, Yolandi posted this photo to her Instagram which read: “Dearest everyone, shooting a feature film at the mo- have to disappear for a while. Need to focus! Be back soon with the BOOM!
Love you long time. Bye-bye.” The next day, Yolandi deactivated her Instagram and Ben posted a video to his YouTube channel called,
“Freedom of Hate Speech.” Ninja: ” ‘Your mom’s in my hotel room’
I don’t even know what he said, basically.” The video shows the group contemplating whether to ban a user from their Facebook page who seemingly disagrees with one of their posts. Also in the video, Yolandi’s heard repeatedly saying the N-word and claiming that Ninja’s more of… okay, just watch. Now, this may not sound too alarming for fans of the group because they do have several songs in which they use the word and have freely used it in social media posts. “Yo, DJ Hi-Tek, where you at, my n*gga?” Other people, on the other hand, might be a bit confused about how comfortable Die Antwoord seems to be with the use of the N-word. For example, Rou Reynolds, the lead singer from the British rock band Enter Shikari, tweeted out his confusion at Die Antwoord VIP package. “Die Antwoord’s £250 VIP pack includes “N*gga suck my d*ck” tee. Aren’t their fans all middle-class white kids…?” And then somebody tweeted him back saying, “and Shikari fans aren’t?” “Even if they were, which I don’t think is completely the case – no, what is your point?
Shikari don’t produce racist t-shirts.” And the image he tweeted shows that
“Ultra mudaf*kan Zef VIP package.” Which, as you can see, people who purchase the package to meet the band would receive a t-shirt that read, “VIP N-word suck my D.” So I’m not sure how damning Ben’s footage is, considering they’ve been using the word publicly for quite a while now. But anyways, back to the series of events. Three days after Yolandi deactivated her Instagram and Ben posted his video, Die Antwoord gave a nod to Ben’s Instagram username rolling_with_the_devil via the caption of one of their photos reading,
“rolling with the Zef Airbender.” And the next day, that’s four days after deactivating her Instagram account, Yolandi created a new one called, “dearmeisie” “Hi, Meisie, what’s up? I’m sorry I’ve been so busy with all the stuff but I’m just saying what’s up and I miss you and I love you. And I’m gonna see you soon, okay?
Bye! Mwah. Jamil, say what’s up to Maisie!” “-What’s up! Awoooo!” The account is dedicated to eleven-year-old Meisei,
one of Yolandi’s adopted children. “♫She’s the one on whom we can depend♫ ♫She is the one named Sailor Moon♫ ♫Sailor Venus, Sailor Mercury,
Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter♫ ♫Secret powers all so new to her♫ ♫She is the one named Sailor Moon♫ ♫She is the one♫ ♫Sailor Moon!
-Sailor Moon!♫” So it seems like Yolanda is using this account as a sort of video journal for her daughter but for what reason? Why not FaceTime or Skype or WhatsApp or emails?
Or, at the very least, make this account private. What is it that she wants the whole world to see or, I mean, if not the whole world, at least
more people than her daughter? This one’s captioned, “if you close your eyes, you can’t tell the difference between me and Sixteen.” “-I didn’t know why… -Are we [inaudible]
-Are we [inaudible] -Oohh…
-Oohh… -It’s itchy!
-It’s itchy!” What’s interesting about this isn’t the fact that she made a new Instagram account, just four days after announcing a break but the fact that she made eight video posts within the first two days of the account being live. [fx scream] Alright, maybe on its own that’s really not all that interesting, however, what I do find to be somewhat fascinating is how some of the videos that she posted to this account seem to be about some of the things that she spoke to Ben about over the phone call. ” -‘Sup, Maisie! -Hello, Maisie.
-Hello, Maisie. I’m just chilling here having a cool time
with Flash and Kimmi. Blahhh, we miss you! -We miss you, Maisie.
-We miss you, when you coming?
-We need to see you soon. -Can’t wait to see you. We gonna have so much fun… … N*gga.” Did y’all catch that? Did she really just blurt that out? “N*gga.” Yeah, okay, she did. Unless I’m mishearing things it, just seems a bit random and out of place. “I know, going on tour soon– oh yeah, guys! F*ck this,
I think I actually wanna talk to you about, anyway, well yeah, Maisie, you can– just as well,
you can listen to this one.” ‘We miss you, Maisie. We’re gonna be going on tour soon… Oh yeah, guys! [chuckles] There was something I really wanted to tell you.
Maisie, you can listen too.’ “But uhm, guys, I wanted to ask you please can you not– Oh sh*t, I don’t want Maisie to not see me, but… We’re about to go into a storytime type conversation with Yolandi and her two employees, Kim and Flash, about why Yolandi shouldn’t drink hard liquor. Strap-on. This reminds me of that one song that goes like,
♫Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol♫ Yolandi just confessed to stabbing Ninja in the bum and their reaction was no questions, just laughter. Now, these are either good employees that know not to question their boss or they were prepared for this. Could be both. She’s saying she doesn’t blame Ninja for slapping her because she had stabbed him a week prior. It seems the reason why she even mentioned stabbing Ninja the first place was to justify her
getting slapped by Ninja. This– this is– this is actually mind-blowing. Yolandi is essentially dedicating a video normalizing domestic violence to her 11-year-old daughter. Oh, and of course, the way the two women react to hearing that Yolandi got slapped by Ninja is by laughing and saying, “no hard liquor.” Are– are… I’m sorry, am I missing something? So obviously Yolandi was referring to Ben in this situation and geez… Flash’s laugh is quite uncomfortable. I’m not sure this is the reaction she was looking for but it really seems like her entourage is used to validating anything she’ll say. I know this is dedicated to Maisie and all but honestly, to me, this feels like an indirect response to what she anticipated that Ben would be releasing. Which, by the way, Ben has released. “Couldn’t she wait like 10 minutes…” To die? Just so we’re clear, Ninja’s uh… making a “joke” – if you can call it that because Whitney passed away in California. “DJ Hi-Tek: Synchronicity is surreal.” It appears that Ninja is trying to convince his crew of a ridiculous narrative regarding Whitney Houston and eventually, Yolandi seems to catch on as we hear her whisper a suggestion to the “script.” Damn, Ninja.
Got anything else to say about Alexander Wang? Well, now we have your answer, Yolandi. I guess you called her that
because Whitney wasn’t married. But to Yolandi this wasn’t really a big deal because she was drunk. You can’t hold her accountable for that. Pffft, doesn’t count. I gotta say, I’m glad they shook on it so now we know that if Yolandi says anything questionable from this point forward because she was drunk, it’s because their entourage didn’t stop her from that hard liquor. Oh right, I almost forgot this was a video to Yolandi’s daughter. “Yo, Maisie, look, we got these two little tortoises. They’re so f*cking cute. This one’s name is Shy.
Hi, Shy! And this one’s name is Nyyyaaow!
Nyaow, little Nyaow. So f*cking cute, I can’t wait for you to meet them.” [sighs] If only all the posts were as innocent and cute as Yolandi just filming a baby turtle then I really wouldn’t find anything fishy about it but the fact that she brings up this personal drama and her drinking habits… it just feels off. I mean, just have a look at this next video. They’re in mid-conversation as the video begins and then, all a sudden, they proceed to have a discussion about why it’s okay to use the N-word? ‘How speakers, uh…. oh hey, 11-year-old daughter. Didn’t see you there.
Join us. We were just having a very casual conversation about language you probably shouldn’t be using.’ Oh, come on, really? That’s what we’re going with?
In 2019? She’s explaining that she didn’t know it was a big deal to use the N-word until she moved to America
but she’s still using it. Now, I know where this is going. This reminds me a lot of Ninja’s explanation back in 2012 where he explained that it’s no big deal in South Africa like it is in America.
If you take these clips at face value, it almost sounds like she’s leading up an explanation to apologize for having said the N-word in the past but she’s still saying the N-word quite comfortably and really just explaining the difference between how it is so sensitive in America to where she’s from South Africa which kind of reminds me of a Ninja’s explanation of why he says the N-word so comfortably, back in 2012. “It comes across to us that some people from America are heavy sensitive about the use of certain words but the thing is– what you need to understand is, we’re not from America.
We from South Africa.” Now here’s the issue with this explanation.
Die Antwoord don’t play shows in South Africa. They mostly tour in Europe and the United States of America, where people are heavy sensitive. They’re playing their songs with the N-word as white people to predominantly white crowds in America. A country where it’s definitely not a social norm. And on the surface, if you look at it quite simply it does make sense, you know? You want to be yourself who you are from South Africa in America. Why should you have to change, right? Well, for one, it’s because you’re using the N-word as a white person in America but– but, you know, I’ve seen it happen before, you know, Logan Paul did the same thing. He wanted to be himself in Japan without realizing or willfully being ignorant to a different culture. There’s just some things you just don’t do. And Ninja himself acknowledged how “epic” it felt to say the N-word live in concert in America. Homeboy’s literally boasting about how he felt so empowered for saying the N-word in a place where he knew it’s not acceptable. “And in South Africa, people aren’t so pumped up about these words. Like for instance, in South Africa, a white guy will say to a black guy, “yo what’s up ma n*gga” and the black guy will be like
“aye, what’s up ma n*gga” and no one freaks out or anything.” Now, while it is true that the N-word doesn’t hold as much power in South Africa as it does in America, I personally found it quite hard to believe that it didn’t at least hold some level of global understanding. So I told some of my South African subscribers about the situation and I asked them if it was a comfortable word to use or even casually used by people and they all agreed that no, it isn’t. I also asked South African model Bianca Brombin and she also said that the N-word is definitely not socially acceptable, especially amongst white people. and he echoed the same sentiment that the N-word is not a casual throw around word as Ninja and Yolandi claimed that it is. Something that many of my subscribers also told me in conversation was that Die Antwoord don’t really get much coverage in South African media. And I’m not exactly sure why this is because the group basically presents themselves as representatives of the country. Maybe that’s why…? “So maybe you guys in the USA can learn a little thing or two from your brothers and sisters here in the dark depths of Africa, you know what I’m saying?” If there’s something that Americans can learn from South Africa, it’s definitely not something that Ninja can teach us, okay? Die Antwoord have a song where Ninja uses the K-word. Now, the word may be unfamiliar to you, as it was unfamiliar to me before I began this entire series, but from everything that I’ve researched it, appears to be the most racially charged and offensive word you could possibly say in South Africa. “Alright? Which is basically South Africa’s version of the N-word, right? But it’s– it’s almost worse than the N-word because in like– in America, black people own the N-word, they’re like, ‘okay we’re gonna take it, we’re gonna use it in hip hop, we’re gonna make it cool.’ In South Africa, people are just like ‘no, there’s like– no we’re not gonna do that at all.’ ” In the song, Ninja says: So he essentially calls himself “a white N-word.” Now, this isn’t something that he got caught saying in passing or something from a video clip
that Ben recorded. This is something that he consciously
chose to record for a song. Anyways, back to Kim, Flash, and Yolandi’s words of wisdom. So Kim really entered a new country, someone told her that she was using a racist word, and her first reaction was, “well, what am I supposed to say?!”
[laughs] And Flash is laughing… Anything else. Just say anything else. I gotta say, this is especially disappointing behavior to see from Flash because she’s from Los Angeles, California, you know? She’s not from South Africa like the other two so I don’t really understand her excuse or her endorsements for this. If anything, this just kind of confirms how
much of a yes-person she is to Yolandi. Kim, once again, asking, “if I can’t use the word, what will I do?!” [laughs] Homegirl really acting like the world really be taking away her baby or something,
like geez, man, you really can’t zip it? Whoa, Flash! Hitting us with that logic! Isn’t that ironic too because Yolandi is literally explaining yourself and Ninja, what did he do in 2012? Explain himself.
Damn… are they guilty? Uh-oh, Flash. You checkmated your bosses. They’re not gonna give you that Gucci you love so much. “I’m so tortured in my Gucci– in my new Gucci robe, you know?” Oh, okay. So I can say the N-word as long as it’s not with a hard-R? Oh, okay. Here I go, ready? One, two… Nimwit! Oh… wrong one. And look, I do understand that sometimes people give each other a pass to use the word or maybe they’ll use it within their friends circles, especially in the place like a South Africa because it doesn’t have a racially charged meaning as it doesn’t in America but this is not a pass of a global scale where you can just produce music and just say it in concerts all over the world, right? And this logic isn’t even being explained here so I don’t know why I’m helping them out. Oh, oh my god, I keep forgetting that this is meant for an 11-year-old. Okay, so Maisie, moral of the story is be yourself and don’t explain yourself. If you want to use the N-word, you go girl. But for the love of god, don’t use the K-word like Ninja or the N-word like Yolandi in this clip. Guys, please support this video by giving it a thumbs up, posting a comment down below, share it your social media, whatever you gotta do. It’s super important that you support this one specifically, not because I think that Die Antwoord might want to take it down or anything but they did take down Ben’s video called “Freedom of Hate Speech” that I referenced way earlier on. However, it was reposted back on “Wat Kyk Jy?” the web site that’s actually owned by Griffin, who actually helped launch their career by hosting a lot of their videos and music earlier on and apparently they mistreated him as well but that’s besides the point. It’s back online so under fair use law I am allowed to comment on it legally so what I’m trying to say in a long– very long version is, Ninja, please– please don’t try, man. Because then I got a re-edit the video and then re-upload the video and it’ll get twice the attention because Ninja from Die Antwoord took down Edwin’s Generation’s video, you know I mean?
So let’s just– let’s just instead maybe try reflecting on what you say and– and consider
changing up your lexicon, I don’t know? Last but not least, I do have two more parts planned to this series for the end of the month. Maybe early September and the next one will have a sponsor so expect a little cute commercial which I hope you guys support because thanks to this sponsor coming up, I was able to do the– the finale. Not– not to, like, hype up the finale but the finale is big. Okay, we’ll see you guys soon. Cheers.