A South African rap-rave duo currently touring in the United States is gaining attention by engaging in a video war with Lady Gaga whom they find too conventional.
The band Die Antwoord recently released an outlandish Gaga-style video bashing the international pop star after she reportedly invited them to be her opening act on her upcoming tour in South Africa.
The video for the new single “Fatty Boom Boom” features a Gaga lookalike doing some sight-seeing in South Africa before being hijacked by gunmen, giving birth to a cricket, and eventually being eaten by a lion. Before the video’s release, band members Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er told MTV they turned down Gaga’s request to tour with her.
“Our stuff is like f—— hardcore,” said Ninja. “It’s not like weak, superficial sh–. You know?”
Lady Gaga struck back on Twitter and Facebook pointing out Die Antwoord does not have a hit song while she has sold out concerts in South Africa.
“I fink you freaky but you don’t have a hit. Hundred thousand tickets sold in SA. #thatsmysh–t,” wrote Gaga.
The rap duo replied on Twitter, “Lady… even tho u r ‘larger’ than us… we still cooler than u.”
Now that the video has been released in the United States, the Cape Town artists are defending themselves against accusations the video was racist and insensitive to people with eating disorders. Yo-Landi Vi$$er appears in the video painted black. She told South Africa’s Die Burger newspaper, “We don’t even know what blackface is.”
Vi$$er also said Gaga fans allege “Fatty Boom Boom” is a reference to Gaga’s recent weight gain after admitting she has an eating disorder. Vi$$er denied the accusation and claims the song was written before Gaga gained weight.
Die Antwoord’s current U.S. tour includes stops in New Orleans, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles.
Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform two stadium concerts in South Africa in November.