Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser went on an Instagram rant, accusing the film’s director, David Ayer, of ripping off the group’s style. She also posted a comparison video.
“Yes David Ayer u jockin our style,” she began.
She went on to state that Ayer called her group member Ninja “so it looks OK when u bite our black & white graf style & our opening sequence to [‘Umshini Wam’]” referring to one of their music videos directed by Harmony Korine.
David Ayer’s representative did not immediately return a request for comment.
She continued, “Cara [Delevingne] & Jared [Leto] told us how much u were talkin abt us on set but u never asked our permission to rip us off. An when ninja texted u sayin wassup wif dat u said nothin like a scared lil bitch.”
With the images Visser incorporated in her post, she asserts that Ayer used their style for his interpretation of the Joker and Harley Quinn. Die Antwoord has previously accused Lady Gaga of ripping off their aesthetic.
The Joker himself, Jared Leto, contradicted the accusations of the “Chappie” stars in an interview last week, stating David Bowie was discussed in the development of his character.
“We discussed David Bowie a little bit — not necessarily the music of David, but his class, his elegance, his timelessness,” Leto said. “I think David Bowie’s probably an inspiration for, like, almost anything you could do creatively.”
Visser echoed the sentiments of many critics, but in more jarring terms.
“U invited us to ur movie premiere (which i didnt wanna go to) but ninja went,” she wrote. “Poor ninja had to sit thru dat hole bulls— movie.”
Read her entire post below: