South African rap group Die Antwoord — who recently reminded people they existed as stars of the critically skewered Chappie — have come out and claimed that a new cinematic mess about carnivalesque antiheroes has ripped them off. Yolandi Visser posted an angry message on her Instagram today claiming Suicide Squad director David Ayer used their aesthetic without permission. The post (which also includes a video slideshow) references a phone call the director made to Visser’s husband/Die Antwoord collaborator, Ninja (Watkin Tudor Jones) before the movie came out, but Visser says that talk never granted an accord for copying.
Of “da lil tiny details [she claims Ayer] nibbeld dat other people wont see but [they] notice,” she particularly noted similarities between her styling and that of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, as well as bandmate Ninja’s styling and that of Jared Leto’s the Joker. She alleges that she’d been told by both Leto and Cara Delevigne how much Ayer would talk about the band onset. Visser emphasizes similarities with Die Antwoord graffiti and that seen in Suicide Squad, Leto’s nude emaciated tattooed torso beneath a trench coat and a similar Ninja style, and Quinn’s and Visser’s triple-watch-wearing look. She also takes issue with Ninja having had to sit through the whole “bullshit” movie, after Ayer supposedly invited them to the premiere.
Though for some, these seeming references could be flattering, to Visser it’s a barefaced case of “jockin’ [their] style.” Here’s her Instagram post:
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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