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Die Antwoord slams 'Suicide Squad' director David Ayer for 'Jockin' their style

By
Wade Sheridan
South African rave-rap group Die Antwoord has accused Suicide Squad director David Ayer of jockin their style in the villain-focused ensemble film. Photo courtesy of Die Antwoord/Instagram
South African rave-rap group Die Antwoord has accused "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer of "jockin" their style in the villain-focused ensemble film. Photo courtesy of Die Antwoord/Instagram

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- South African rave-rap group Die Antwoord have slammed director David Ayer on social media for "jockin" their style in his latest film, Suicide Squad.

"Jockin: To copy the likeness of and/or follow intently," according to a video posted by member Yolandi Vassir on Instagram. Posted Wednesday, it features photos of the group next to characters from the film, such as The Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), to highlight their similar looks.

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The Joker -- like member Ninja -- is shown with similarly placed tattoos, while Harley Quinn is seen rocking three watches, like how Vassir has worn.

Vassir also wrote a long response to Ayer on the photo sharing site, written in the group's abbreviated spelling and speaking style, that highlights their claim that the filmmaker was in touch with the music duo and that Ninja was invited to the film's premiere.

"Cara & Jared told us how much u were talkin abt us on set but u never asked our permision to rip us off," she wrote referencing Leto and star Cara Delevingne. "An when ninja texted u sayin wassup wif dat u said nothin like a scared lil [expletive]. U were jus flauntin our names pretendin to b down. u aint down an u never will b."

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"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 [expletive] movie," she continued.

"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."

Suicide Squad opened Friday and, despite vicious reviews from critics and fans alike, set box office records for August, taking home $135.1 million in receipts.

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