Die Antwoord — A South African upper-class lookdown

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June 7, 2012 at 3:15 am: lilyfield says:

your sense of class superiority is almost frightening!! I am a 50-year-old American.  Die Antwoord has an formidable appeal that is totally foreign, totally breaks boundaries!! They perform harmoniously… the two rap together in a very unusual complimentary and in-tune-with-one-another way. Both ninja and yolandi appear to Americans as strikingly original, strikingly different, and most of all, willing to be themselves, in spite of the rest of the world, an attractive quality.  In America, people tend to emulate celebrities and tend to unthinkingly and consistently compromise themselves for $$$$.

I liken your sense of superiority to the sense of superiority that privileged (white — goes without saying) people here feel to the “ghetto” (poor black “inner-city”) culture, and to rap, (“real rap”, not “pop rap”). They exhibit a tendency to be socially over-conditioned and judgmental, to recoil from the urgent energy of rap.

Another reaction Americans must have to Die Antwoord, is visceral shock over their extraordinarily carefree and bountiful foul language, evil-associated imagery, and Yolandi’s frank sexual behavior. Americans soak up porn on the internet like there’s no tomorrow, but when it comes to celebrities and stars, there is an aura of vast privilege, not to mention $$$$$, so that frank sexuality, frank self-expression, and true originality, give way to pleasing and teasing.

Die Antwoord seems totally original, totally harmonious, shockingly willing, no doubt and blatantly, a product of a class-oppressive culture, as well as an uncaring world. They are a wonderful mesmerizing embodiment of our extraordinary global time and place in history.  One has to wonder what could possibly follow up Die Antwoord.

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