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Hip-hop duo dropped from music festival after allegedly attacking gay musician

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Yolandi Visser and Ninja of the South African hip hop group Die Antwoord (image via YouTube screenshot)

Organizers of Kentucky’s Louder Than Life music festival — whose lineup includes Guns N Roses, Slipknot, Ice Cube, Marilyn Manson and The Crystal Method among others — have dropped the South African hip hop group Die Antwoord after video footage came out of its two members attacking and yelling anti-gay slurs at Andy Butler, the gay DJ behind the disco dance music group Hercules and Love Affair.

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The now-deleted video, which was taken from the 2012 Australian festival Future Music, was posted online by Die Anttwoord’s former videographer Ben Crossman. The video reportedly showed Yolandi Visser and Ninja threatening Butler.

According to PAPER magazine:

One particularly disturbing clip appears to show Yolandi yelling, “Run f*ggot, run. Run for your life b*tch,” as Butler runs away. The two can then be seen telling several staffers that Butler sexually harassed Visser in a portable toilet, before Ninja lauds a crying Visser for an “Oscar-award winning” performance.

Naturally, the band is defending itself against claims of homophobia. Ninja claims that Crossman edited the clip “to make it seem like me and ¥olandi commited a hate crime towards a person because they are gay.”

Here’s a copy of the video:

“However,” Ninja continues, “Ben [Crossman] beat up the guy from Hercules himself while filming this same video clip. This was just a fight with someone who f*cked with us. Not a hate crime. This fight had nothing to with the fact that this guy was gay. We don’t care about people’s sexual preference. Our DJ and best friend DJ HITEK is gay, and alot of people in our crew are gay.”

“Sexual preference??” Sigh… Also, if you have so many gay pals, how about you not use the word “f*ggot”? How about that?

Crossman has said that he only tried to “restrain” Butler during the encounter and claims that other unedited versions of the videos and witnesses can attest to the video’s veracity.

The Louder Than Life music festival said it dropped Die Antwoord due to “unforeseen circumstances” but did not mention the video in its announcement. No charges have been filed.