When watching David Ayer‘s, um, divisive blockbuster Suicide Squad over the weekend, did you suddenly start humming Die Antwoord‘s “Ugly Boy” to yourself for reasons you couldn’t explain? Maybe not. But Die Antwoord seems hella convinced that Ayer’s film blatantly ripped off their style and other “tiny details,” with Yolandi Visser hitting the ‘gram Tuesday night to put the whole damn movie on blast.
According to Yolandi, Ayer spoke with Ninja on the phone before the film’s release and pretended to be “down.” Stars Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto also reportedly told Yolandi and Ninja how much Ayer had been talking about Die Antwoord during the shoot, though he “never asked permission” to rip them off. Yolandi specifically mentions the opening sequence to their “Umshini Wam” video and the group’s “black and white graf” style, calling Ayer a “two-face.”
yes David Ayer u jockin our style. callin ninja up before your movie came our pretendin 2b down, so it looks OK when u bite our black & white graf style & our opening sequence to umshiniwam & an all da lil tiny details u nibbeld dat other people wont see but we notice. Cara & Jared told us how much u were talkin abt us on set but u never asked our permision to rip us off. An when ninja texted u sayin wassup wif dat u said nothin like a scared lil bitch. U were jus flauntin our names pretendin to b down. u aint down an u never will b. but before we knew da extent of ur two face nature – u invited us to ur movie premiere(which i didnt wanna go to) but ninja went , tinkin ur solid guy an mayb there was jus a lil "misunderstandin". Den poor ninja had to sit thru dat hole bullshit movie. An u even got da nerve to say wassup to him smilin – an ninja has to b nice cus he is there wif his kid. But we all tink u wack. U shud start a crew called:,"im a fake fuck" ask kanye if he wants to join u. Cum show ur pretty face at my studios. U know Muggs & u know where da Soul Assasin Studios at. we watin for u. @djmuggs_the_black_goat_ @zef_alien @boojie_baby_ @ragingzefboner @_dark_force_ @dejanvisser @djhitekisgod @jipsi518
Ninja still attended the Suicide Squad premiere, apparently with the hope that the misunderstanding could be rectified. But that clearly didn’t happen, as Yolandi claims “poor ninja had to sit thru dat hole bullshit movie [sic].” Damn! Yolandi then kindly suggested Ayer start his own crew called “I’m a Fake Fuck.” Damn.
Speaking with Yahoo back in June, Ayer spoke about the inspiration behind one noticeable aspect of The Joker’s new look: all that ink. “The tattoos tell a very specific story,” Ayer said. “And eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on, but obviously they’re contentious, any time you do something new it’s contentious.”
David Ayer hasn’t responded to Die Antwoord’s claims, though an interesting theory to ponder is that all of this controversy will end with the director enlisting them for a major part in the better-be-rated-R Suicide Squad 2.