Die Antwoord claim Suicide Squad director David Ayer copied their look for Joker & Harley Quinn


While Suicide Squad has broken box office records, the film has issues. Matt pointed out how the problems undermined the good stuff in his review of the film. Suicide Squad clearly wanted to be different things at the same time, which explains why the film seems to have copied the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.

Intentionally or not, writer/director David Ayer may have also copied Die Antwoord.

Yolani Visser of the South African duo took to Instagram to state her grievances with Ayer, posting a video that includes a definition for out-of-touch old people like me. Watch it below.

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

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Jockin’, huh? I’m going to use that word the next time I go to a discotheque.

There are a lot of similarities in look and maybe even antics, though it seems like Suicide Squad is a major hodgepodge of ideas and styles from different sources. Overt influence may be unavoidable–I mean, isn’t the Die Antwoord aesthetic a little bit Bjork, a little bit Matthew Barney, and a little bit Harmony Korine? Perhaps Ayer meant the Joker & Harley Quinn appearance to be an homage rather than outright jocking. (Did I use the word right, young folks?)

Sadly, Ninja was unavailable for comment.

What do you think? Was Ayer jocking or was he keeping it 100? Should I use young person slang? Is this an homage or do the dynamic duo of Die Antwoord have a point? Maybe Suicide Squad could have had at least one Die Antwoord song on the soundtrack–better than that Skrillex/Rick Ross thing. (On second thought, Die Antwoord is probably on par with that thing.)

[via Entertainment Weekly]
Hubert Vigilla
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