Die Antwoord accuse Suicide Squad of ripping them off

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Rip-off? Die Antwoord reckon Suicide Squad stole their look. Image Picture Zef Recordz/Warner Bros

Die Antwoord aren’t happy with the makers of Suicide Squad.

The South African rap group think that the film’s director David Ayer took a little too much inspiration from their style when it came to designing Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

In a lengthy Instagram rant, rapper Yolandi Visser said that Ayer called up Ninja “before your movie came our pretendin 2b down (sic)” – but that didn’t give him “permission to rip us off”.

In an Instagram video posted through Die Antwoord’s official account, the group highlighted the similarities between their idiosyncratic style and that of the Suicide Squad films.

“Other people won’t see but we notice,” wrote Visser, adding that both Cara Delevingne and Jared Leto had spoken to her about Ayer taking inspiration from the rap duo.

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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“Poor ninja had to sit thru dat hole bullshit movie (sic),” Visser said.

You might recognise Die Antwoord from Neill Blomkamp’s recent sci-fi film Chappie. The duo reportedly caused a ruckus on set after allegedly clashing with actor Brandon Auret.

Ninja later addressed the rumours, accusing Auret of being “juiced up” on steroids.

“It was fun working out how to play our scenes with Sharlto [Copley] and Dev Patel and the other actors, but Brandon got a little weird about me suggesting anything and went crying to production about me… but its just water under the bridge coz the HIPPO character was f*ckin ill as f*ck…” he told Boing Boing.

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