Die Antwoord Accuse Suicide Squad’s Director Of “Jocking” Their Style

“U never asked our permission to rip us off.”

August 10, 2016

Die Antwoord have accused Suicide Squad director David Ayer of stealing elements of their style for the film, Pitchfork has found.


In an Instagram video shared on Wednesday, the South African hip-hop trio compared pictures of themselves with shots of Harley Quinn and The Joker, prominent characters in Suicide Squad. The video's caption claims that the band's "black and white [graffiti] style" and their "Umshini Wam" video were also plagiarized, as well as "all da lil tiny details u nibbeld dat other people won't see but we notice.”

Die Antwoord also claim Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, who play The Joker and Harley Quinn respectively, told the band that Ayer spoke repeatedly about the band on the film's set.

Watch the video and read the caption containing their claims above. Since the band's start in 2012, Die Antwoord themselves have been beset by accusations of another strain of plagiarism: cultural appropriation.

A representative for David Ayer was not immediately available for comment.

Die Antwoord Accuse Suicide Squad’s Director Of “Jocking” Their Style