In an Instagram post the duo accuse David Ayer of “jockin” their look.
If the 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes wasn’t bad enough, Suicide Squad director David Ayer has accusations of plagiarism to contend with. On Instagram, Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser has accused the director of ripping off their style.
As Pitchfork notes, Visser accused Ayer of “jockin” their black and white look, the opening sequence to their ‘Umshini Wam’ video directed by Harmony Korine and “all da lil tiny details u nibbeld dat other people wont see but we notice.”
The accompanying video shows comparison shots of Die Antwoord’s Ninja next to Jared Leto’s Joker and Yolandi next to Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. They appear to show similarities in costume, make-up and art direction between some of the band’s photos and the movie.
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
Visser also claims that Suicide Squad stars Jared Leto and Cara Delevingne told the duo Ayer was talking about them on set and didn’t respond to their text messages. “U were jus flauntin our names pretendin to b down. u aint down an u never will b,” they say.
Die Antwoord aren’t the only musicians with reservations about the DC supervillain team-up movie. Beyoncé producer Boots last week said he turned down the chance to work on the Suicide Squad soundtrack after seeing early footage of the film.
Last week Skrillex and Rick Ross unveiled their video for Suicide Squad track ‘Purple Lamborghini’, featuring Leto in character as The Joker. Watch that below.