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Die Byl – ‘n moerse lekker speurder TV-reeks om te kokkenodge!

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Dis nou al goddank ‘n hele paar jaar sedert Suid-Afrikaners opgehou het om Fokofpolisiekar met rock bands van oorsee en veral Amerika te vergelyk. Daar die konstante vergelyking van standaarde en die levels van kwaliteit van alle aspekte van musiek. Voortdyurend onder die vergrootglas, altyd kritiek en alewig iets om te bewys. Fokof het daai kak afgeskud, maar nie sommer oornag nie. Hulle het geskaaf aan elke aspek van hulle produk en daar was baie elbow grease betrokke. Hulle tel nou onder ‘n groot groep groeiende musikante wat “op standaard” is, maar steek tog kop bo skouers uit bo die res.
Pas nou hierdie hele judgemental verskying toe op die Suid-Afrkaanse TV en -filmbedryf en dis ‘n totale ander ball game. Hierdie ouens het dit aansieklik moeliker. Tog het die standaard veral in die laaste dekade skerp gestyg en dis veral merkwaardig in die Afrikaanse mark waar sekere reekse, net soos die brasse van Fokof, ook kop bo skouers bo die crowd uitstaan. Dit is asof daar ‘n nuwe herlewing en ‘n wil is om weer kwaliteit Afrikaanse reeks te maak soos wat ons laas in die laat 80s beleef het. Ek dink nou vinnig aan naelbytreekse soos Sonkring, Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling en Arende. ‘n Nuwe reeks, Die Byl, is een van hierdie nuwe reekse wat besig is om op ‘n internasionale vlak te operate. Die Byl is ons Fokofpolisiekar van TV-reekse…

Die Byl volg die karakter, Piet van der Bijl (Waldemar Schultz) as ’n briljante speurder wat spesialiseer in reeksmoordenaars. Hierdie superspeurder is ook ‘n werkverslaafde wat enige iets sal doen vir die mense naaste aan hom. Hy is ‘n berekende, hardkoppige en intilligente speurder maar deernis en sagmoedigheid ontbreek nie wanneer dit nodig is nie. Jy het dalk reeds uitgefigure dat Piet van Bilj baie soos Suid-Afrika se regte lewe speurder, Piet Byleveld klink en jy is 100% dood fokken reg. Terwyl die sake wat die “Die Byl” ondersoek word fiksioneel is, is reeks wel geïnspireer deur die Piet Byleveld, wat bekend daarvoor is dat hy van Suid-Afrika se mees opspraakwekkende moordsake opgelos het – moorde op Sheldean Human en Sibille Zanner. Hy het ook berugte reeksmoordenaars soos Lazarus Mazingane, die Nasrec-moordenaar, en Cedric Maake, die Wemmerpan-moordenaar vasgetrek. En ook meer closer to home vir my persoonlik, die opsraadwekkende moord op Leigh Matthews – haar pa was die grootbaas van die maatskappy van my heel eerste grootmens job. Gedurende Piet Byl se loopbaan wat byna oor die 40 jaar gestrek het, het hy ‘n 99% success rate gehad met die sake wat op sy lessenaar beland het. Dis ook dan geen verrassing dat hy as konsultant opgetree het tydens die verfilming en vervaardiging van seisoen 1 van Die Byl, tot kort voor sy dood in 2017 nie.
Die TV-reeks speel in ‘n logiese millieu af – sorry, Kaapstad, maar julle is die Suid-Afrikaanse stad met die hoogste moord- en roofsyfers en julle het die grootste share van gangsterism ook gekry, so dit maak die show moerse geloofwaardig. Mens sien darem kort-kort die berg waaroor julle so like om te brag, so there’s that. Die karakters van al die skollies, skurke en polieste gee ook ernstige steun aan die geloofwaardigheid. Die victims is gang leaders op die Cape Flats, krimpies in ’n aftreeoord, gevangenes in Polsmoor en soms ook die unlucky fokkers wat eerste op die grim cime scense aankom om handjie by te sit. Shame man.

Daar is baie redes om Die Byl te like:

  • Alhoewel die sake episodies afgehandel word, is daar ’n spanningslyn wat deur die hele seisoen opbou wanneer diegene naaste aan Byl die teikens word, en die jagters in prooi verander.
  • Die karakters is ‘n lekker team van experts wat saamwerk (of baklei) – die top cop wat soms koppe stamp met die hot sielkundige profiler, die moerige baas en die nerdy pataloog. Ek wil graag Eric Nobbs in die rol as patoloog, Dr. Fritz Barnard vinnig uitsonder – hy is ‘n gesoute akteur, maar sy karakter like van piele musiek en bands soos Springbok Nude Girls en K.O.B.U.S onder andere – daar is gereeld lekker musiekverwysing deur die omie.
  • Terwyl ons by musiek vashaak – ek is meegedeel dat ek die akteurs of lede van die produksie bietjie kan interview, maar ek het die email te laat ontvang. As die offer steeds staan, sal ek egter graag met die ouens wou gesels wat die music score en die sound track engineering doen – van die theme song tot die musiek vir die fillers en spannende oomblike, want dit klink super befok deur my soundbar.
  • Steeds  by musiek: nog ‘n sleutelrol word vertolk deur aKING se vocalist, Laudo Liebenberg. Hy is ook te siene in Kanarie en Black Sails.
  • Die geloofwaardige cops, witnesses en baddies. Laat die SAPS actually goed en bekwaam lyk.
  • Wat baie opvallend is, is die durasie van die episodes – dit wissel tussen 71 en 76 minute vir seisoen 1 en tussen 69 en 71 minute vir seisoen 2. Die eerste seisoen het 13 episodes en seisoen 2 wat vroeër hierdie week vrygestel is, het 14 episodes. Dit is asof elke episode  ‘n befokte Afrikaanse movie is, so dis iets wat jy kan savour oor so paar weke in plaas daarvan om dit te binge.
  • Souties kan ook lekker saamkyk aan hierdie local reeks, want daar is subtitles in Engels.

Sonder om enige spoilers op te dis – seisoen speel steeds in Kaapstad af en vyf jaar later. Die span se kantore het ‘n spoggerige make-over gekry (driver, move that bus!) en daar is nuwe assistente en karakters. Seisoen 1 sowel as al 14 episodes van Die Byl S2 is nou ook op Showmax te sien, met English onderskrifte. Dit sal in Desember 2019 op kykNET uitgesaai word. As jy nog nie by Showmax aangesluit het nie, join gerus die 14-dae free trial. Dit sal genoeg wees om beide seisoene klaar te maak indien jy twee episodes per dag kokkenodge!

 

 

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FaceApp is getting really old, real fast!

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Look, I am not your dad (although I could be one touch on a smartphone away from looking old enough to be your dad, hell even your gramps), so I am not going to tell you what to do. But like any good dad, I can give you some sage fatherly advice. And like a typical juvenile delinquent you can just ignore my advice and learn this important life lesson the hard way on your own. It is really just a low level suggestion – read. It is a very basic life skill which all of us have (you’re reading this right now), but very few people ever use. Have you recently fucked up some tech or equipment because you didn’t RTFM? (read the fucking manual). Does it take more effort to return something that you fucked up because you didn’t bother to read the user manual or assembly instructions or would reading one paragraph have save you petrol and time? You mos fokken wing alles, né? Now look at your phone. Apps. Terms and conditions. You agreed to shit that you don’t know the first thing about on every single thing that you installed. You might end up like Kyle from South Park where he is kidnapped after agreeing to an iTunes user agreement without reading it. He was forced to become part of a “revolutionary new product” that is about to be launched by Apple (season 15 episode 1):

Tell me, why are we so weird? With Instagram and all sort of filters, people try their best to smooth out their skins, make their eyes bigger, teeth whiter and ears smaller. To such an extent that people’s noses disappear as if by magic. In strolls FaceApp all like: “Hey, who of you fuckers want to look poes old and wrinkly?” and the entire interweb is like: “ME! ME! ME! ME!”
*click*
*share*
“LOL OMG!! I AM SOOOO OOOLD! I LOOK LIKE MY DAD!!!”

It is fucking depressing, man! The seemingly “can’t wait to die factor” aside – jirre people, get a grip. Just take some time and fucking read. It will also protect you from fake news and spreading fake news yourself.
Here are FaceApps own terms and conditions:

In addition to photos generated via the app, FaceApp’s privacy policy states that it also collects location information and information about users’ browsing history. “These tools collect information sent by your device or our Service, including the web pages you visit, add-ons, and other information that assists us in improving the Service” . And though it states that “we will not rent or sell your information to third parties outside FaceApp,” it explicitly says that it shares information with “third-party advertising partners,” in order to deliver targeted ads.

On the FaceApp website the company also lists all sort of praises and quotes from reliable and reputable tech websites, but when you do a tiny bit of research (or just plain reading because you are not lazy), the same sites also have some warnings. Here are actual quotes on the FaceApp site followed by more info from the same sites:

“Who said augmented reality requires donning a pair of goggles?” – TechCrunch
Also on the TechCrunch website: “Given how many screenshots people take of sensitive information like banking and whatnot, photo access is a bigger security risk than ever these days. With a scraper and optical character recognition tech you could automatically turn up a huge amount of info way beyond “photos of people. So, overall, I think it is important that we think carefully about the safeguards put in place to protect photo archives and the motives and methods of the apps we give access to.”

“The gender swapping is perhaps the most interesting feature, and often turns out some quite convincing results.” – The Verge
Also on the The Verge website: “As with the last viral moment, however, users have been surprised to learn that the app’s creators are harvesting metadata from their photos.”

“Different from the filters we know through Snapchat, FaceApp instead morphs faces by blending in facial features so that it can change a closed mouth to a toothy smile.” – Mashable
Also on the Mashable website – “You might want to think twice before you use viral selfie app FaceApp.”

“Using artificial intelligence, the app morphs faces by merging in facial features. The app uses neural networks for its transformations.” – IBT
Also on the IBT website: “with the United States presidential elections around the corner, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called for the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to probe the Russian app over national security and privacy concerns.”

“Tired of all those duck-face selfies? Replace them with a toothy grin with just one tap.” – Digital Trends
Also on the Digital Trends website: “Are you concerned about how FaceApp is using your photos? If so, there’s a way to remove your data from the app — but it might take a while.”


You see what happens when you don’t read? Or when you do read, but you don’t go investigate for yourself if a piece of the puzzle might still be missing? That’s also how people get quoted out of context. Valuable info goes missing. You could for instance quote me as saying: “I used FaceApp on a recent photo Donald Trump and he looks pretty damn decent!” but you left out the important part of my sentence to fit your narrative, because what I actually said was: “I used FaceApp on a recent photo Donald Trump and he looks pretty damn decent for raisin which shat out a turd!”

Get old the proper way – in front of the fucking TV, like God intended it.
Let our Plumlist top 10 help you along for your weekend TV fix:

# 10 This teen series for adults only is jaw-droppingly explicit
Exquisitely filmed using various interesting techniques, Euphoria follows “a group of teens as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.” Ironically, it’s for adults only, and carries an extra warning ahead of the HBO intro logo.
On Showmax
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 #9 An interview with Warrior’s Kenneth Fok
Based on an original concept by martial arts legend Bruce Lee, Warrior is set during San Francisco’s Tong Wars in the 1800s. The gritty series follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy from China who becomes mixed up in the world of organised crime.
 On DStv Now & Showmax
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#8 Where to stream (most of) the 2019 Emmy nominees in South Africa
Other than HBO titles Game of Thrones, Chernobyl and Barry, Netflix shows like When They See Us and Russian Doll, and Amazon Prime Video’s Fleabag and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, which series scored nominations this year?
 On Netflix, Prime, DStv Now & Showmax
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 #7 Get lost in this hidden gem of a film about the misery of being a stranger
Nigeria and Norway are worlds apart in almost every conceivable way. But when young Nigerian film student Ose (Nigerian-born actor Tunde Aladese, who studied film in Berlin herself) gets the opportunity to study in Drammen, Norway, she leaps at the chance.
On Showmax
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 #6 Watch this HBO documentary before you decide about Michelle Carter’s guilt
It is impossible to watch the HBO documentary I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs Michelle Carter, streaming on Showmax, without forming an opinion regarding her guilt.
 On Showmax
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 #5 The Last Czars is like Game of Thrones, but based on real-life royals
The Last Czars on Netflix is a beautifully crafted docuseries of chronological turning points in the fall of the Romanov dynasty in Russia. The country has made world headlines after their intervention in Syria, interference in US elections and in hosting the FIFA World Cup.
 On Netflix 
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 #4 “It’s only shocking if it’s not your experience”: Zendaya on her role in Euphoria
The first five episodes of Euphoria, the most talked-about teen show of 2019, are now streaming first on Showmax in South Africa, with the last three episodes coming express from the US.
 On Showmax
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 #3 Bunnies, Easter eggs and exploding nuns: Happy! is back for Season 2
Nick Sax, everyone’s favourite ex-cop hitman, and his imaginary blue unicorn friend are back on our screens. But can the second season of this madcap show live up to the hype of the first?
On Netflix
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 #2 Could Koeberg ever go Chernobyl?
The stunning HBO miniseries Chernobyl shows how badly a nuclear reactor can break. James Francis asks: Would the same ever happen with South Africa’s Koeberg Nuclear Power Station?.
 On Showmax
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 #1 Konichi-whaaaaaat?
SA journo Erns Grundling travels to the land of sushi, cherry blossoms, bustling cities, sake, samurai and pretty soon also the 2019 Rugby World Cup in this travel series.
 On Showmax
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 1 spot, the befokte lekker local show, Elders: Japan

Erns Grundling, who gave us Elders:Die Camino, is back with his travelogue series. This time he heads to Japan to walk pilgrimages and see if the country is ready for the Rugby World Cup.

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Fokofpolisiekar se sweet sixteen party by Loftus was fokken tit!

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Watkykjy is uitgenooi na Fokofpolisiekar se sestiende verjaardag die afgelope Saterdag en was dit nou vir jou nie ‘n spoggeleentheid met allerlei prag en praal nie? Soveel aangesiene en belangrike mense wat hulle verskyning gemaak het, né? Dit was nou die plek om gesien te word. Waar het hierdie helde in elegante gewaad opgetree voor duisende aanhangers? Wel, dit het plaasgevind daar waarheen al die dose gaan: Loftus Versveld.
*Harde naald wat plaat krap geluid*
Ek praat sommer kak, dit was ‘n rock and roll party. ‘n Moerse een. ‘n Onvergeetlike dronknesgemaal met harde negatiewe musiek en hulle mede-rampokkers, Hellcats en Fuzigish wat die onverskrokke, lojale aanhangers voor die tyd voorberei het vir die hoofbende van die dag. Maar wag, kom ons staan vir ‘n oomblik stil en dink ‘n bietjie terug. Waar was jy toe jy Fokofpolisiekar die eerste keer gehoor het? Live of op die draadloos? Dink mooi.
Ek kan presies onthou waar ek was. Dit was in my kar tydens etenstyd by die werk. 2004. Ja, ek het weer iewers op ‘n stil plek gestop, my drive-through take aways gesit en vreet en uitgesien na bietjie tunes, maar op hierdie spesifieke dag het ek my nuwe Fokofpolisiekar CD in die front loader gelaai en …holy fokken shit! Vir die eerste keer sedert Voëlvry, Goosen, Valiant, Piet/Jack Hammer en Springbok Nude Girls kon ek weer ‘n rigtingverandering voel aankom. Ek kon obviously nie die omvang van die monster waarin dit alles uiteindelik sou muteer imagine nie, maar ek het geweet dit gaan baie mense die bliksem in maak. Dis meestal ‘n goeie ding in ons land. Lees daai stelling maar in die regte konteks.
Die Bellville-hamels se oorspronklike mengsel van punk en metal het na ‘n hele paar jaar ‘n genre opsigself geword. Deesdae is Fokofpolisiekar ook nie meer die anti-heroes wat hulle was nie. Hulle is nou meer van ‘n norm. Nie heeltemaal mainstream nie maar wel ‘n volwasse franchise. Gebore uit onafhanklikheid en kontroversie. Dis hoe mens help om ‘n groot aantal mense in ‘n eng samelewing se denkwyse te verander. Jy forseer hulle met jou musiek en jy kyk ook hoe ver jy die geduld van fundamentaliste kan druk. Nie net hulle kinders nie. Don Cobra sien hulle musiek as volksliedjies. Afrikaanse rocklirieke wat nou sestien jaar later in die volksmond verewig is. Ek dink nie hy is ver verkeerd nie. Die omvang van Fokofpolisekar se aanslag is verreikend wat veral Afrikaansprekende aanhangers aanbetref maar hulle musiek vind nie uitsluitlik aanklank by Afrikaanses nie. Enige iemand wat die taal verstaan en van goeie rockmusiek hou, behoort at least van die rebelse konsep te hou asook van ‘n groot klomp songs in hulle ongelooflike discography.  baie mense van verskilliende kulture gaan na hulle konserte toe sonder die kak en drama wat jy op social media sien deesdae. Daar sal seker uitsonderings wees maar dan weet ek nie daarvan nie.
Ek het obviously die lang set geniet Saterdag maar hierdie keer was my aandag baie meer op die mense onder op die rugbyveld. Wie weet presies hoekom nou juis die kombinasie van al die lede van Fokofpolisiekar dit kon regkry om so baie uiteenlopende aanhangers se belangstelling en, wel, hulle aanbidding te behou oor die jare? Talent, harde werk en volharding is ‘n given. Maar dis nie al rede nie. Hulle moes iewers ‘n baie rare onderaardse musiek-aar raakgeboor het. Die samekoms van al die verskillende elemente om ‘n rockgroep so gewild te hou fassineer my in rock and roll. Meestal sal mense praat van “the planets just aligned”. Baie soortgeluk as met oorsese groepe soos Iron Maiden, word ouer en jonger generasies ingetrek as aanhangers by die Fokof-beweging. Een van ons tjommies wat ‘n befokte jeanpantjacket met backpatches gedra het is genader deur ‘n bloedjong girl wat omtrent sestien gelyk het, net om ‘n selfie van sy cool look saam met haar te neem. In die eighties was ons verstoot deur kerk, skool en taal – sou ons dit durf waag om sulke battle jackets te dra. Ons het anyway. Is dit nou uiteindelik tit of wat? Vreemd.
Die veld was vol jonges, langes, kortes, wyes, skrales, mooies, minder mooies, stylvolles, zefstes, coolstes, poppies, tertjies, koeke, oupies en oumies. Baie aanhangers dra Fokof merch en die gedagte dat daar dalk nie weer so ‘n groep gaan wees wat so baie invloed gaan uitoefen op so ‘n groot deel van die Afrikaanse samelewing nie, het nogal ‘n paar keer opgekom by my. Wie gaan die volgende miljoenrand groep wees? Fokofpolisekar doen nog elke maand ‘n show en vir solank as moontlik moet ons bly wees dat die interaksie tussen hulle en so baie aanhangers nog daar is en steeds groei.

Die volgende rigtingverandering is baie soos die volgende stockmarket crash. Niemand weet wanneer dit gaan gebeur nie en bittermin mense gaan dit sien kom. Ek dink Francois, Wynand, Hunter, Johnny en Snake sal maar net te bly wees om die fakkel aan te gee vir ‘n waardige jonger generasie bende wanneer die tyd ditself present.

Veels geluk liewe Fokof omdat julle verjaar het! Mag die Jirre julle see-hëen en nog naie jare spaaaaaaaar!

Hiep-hiep! Hooraay!
Hiep-hiep! Hooraay!

Nog ‘n piep?

PS: Baie dankie aan Marina Maré vir die gebruik van haar absolute befokte fotos. Gaan like gerus haar page op Facbeook!

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Die Antwoord’s abuse – One night in Adelaide (video of attack)

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As always, go read up on the series of events that concerns Die Antwoord’s behavior that have been exposed thus far. At this point it is almost not necessary to explain to you that Die Antwoord abuse people, make up lies and are full of shit. Yo-Landi and Ninja think falsely accusing someone of sexual assault is funny. Many woman have come forward in private about Ninja’s abusive behavior but nothing has penetrated the main stream media yet. Die Antwoord continue to manipulate their fans and suppress their victims by publicly shaming and teasing them. Those affected, it is time to step forward, please..

Here is another example of how the self-proclaimed Buddhists conduct themselves – a video of their actions (a physical attack) and lies which left a fellow artist on the festival line-up’s  career and family life damaged, if not destroyed. This poor guy is still so angry about how his life has been fucked with, that he doesn’t even want to speak to anyone about it. He just tried to move on with his life.

I would really like to see the fans who still support Die Antwoord, mansplain this video for the rest of us…

So this is a video wherein Yo-Landi Visser from Die Anwtoord lies about getting sexually assaulted by another artist on tour in Australia at the Future Music festival in 2012 – Andy Butler from Hercules and Love Affair. Die Antwoord’s ex-videographer, Ben, took the video. Ninja and YoLandi, later that evening confessed to Ben, DJ Hitek, Diak (their sound guy), Matt (their American tour manager) that she lied about the whole story. According to Ben, the next morning at the airport. Yo-Landi even told their Australian tour manager, Tyson about making it up. He was extremely disgusted by the situation. We will also attempt to contact Tyson at some point get his take on what went down. That is if he wants to talk about this incident. Because even though this video shows what went down, people will keep shouting “give us proof!” To these people: you might want to start looking at TMZ as well in the next few weeks, a little birdie told us…

In the video below, you will see Ninja trying to explain to a security person just how cool he handled the whole one-sided fight, comically re-acting it with sound effects and stupid gestures. Because every little thing about Ninja is about Ninja and it has to be a little cool story, get it? And all the security guy actually wants is a straight recollection of events of what went down to decide which line of action needs to be followed. He really doesn’t care who Die Anwtoord are, because he has a job to do. He is not interested in Ninja’s little anecdotes. He even gives Ninja the option of getting the police involved, because sexual assault is a serious allegation. But Ninja quickly deflects with his own demands: the guy who “assaulted” Yo-Landi should just not be around them ever again or look them straight in the eye. A typical “we want a bowl the size of a man full of M&M’s but remove all the yellow ones” kind of requests.

Also in this video, right after the “incident”, Ninja states that “the guy came into the toilet and felt Yo-Landi’s tits and ass” but in the recorded phone call with Ben a few weeks ago, Yo-Landi says to Ben that the guy grabbed her “by the vagina” (also a blatant lie) to which Ben immediately replied that she is lying. During that call a few weeks ago,  Ben gave her the option to come out with the truth about what happened back then. He also gave her the opportunity to apologise to their fans for their behavior.

So which one is it? ‘Tits and ass’ right after it happened, or ‘vagina’ a few years later ater Zheani spilled the beans over Ninja’s behavior?

Also note how Yo-Landi hides her face in her hands all the time, supposedly traumatized by the “sexual assault” which just took place, but once they are alone in a room backstage (only herself, Ninja and Ben with his camera) she uncovers her face and laughs. Ninja also laughs. Why do they laugh? Because there was no fucking sexual harassment a few minutes ago and they made it up. It is all just one big fat fucking joke to them. Someone’s entire professional career got destroyed by one lie…

There is a massive chance that this video might be removed from YouTube, because Die Antwoord would like to cover up their disgusting behavior, so when it does happen, please send us the new link to where some of you might decide to upload it so we can keep it in the public’s eye.

Here is a link to the video on google drive:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K1PMqzq3grLVWR2RNpje726mIsyYsPq0/view?usp=drivesdk

Oh, and Andy Butler  – If you are reading this and want to talk about that evening, get in contact.

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