Poptartology: Poverty porn. Literally

2013-06-19 16:54

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Cookie Thumper is the name of the new track and video from Die Antwoord and it does what it says on the tin: Cookies are thumped, specifically an apparently underage white cookie by an apparently demonic coloured gangster.

The spitty and explicit little Yo-Landi number is possibly one of the least intelligent offerings so far from a band that seems to be running on pure shock tactics nowadays.

If you feel like a quick shocking, join the legions looking at it here. It’s NSFW of course.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8nrF5aXPlQ&feature=youtu.be

It’s always been uncool to take political offence at Die Antwoord because then the joke’s on you. Die Antwoord are a terrorist satirical statement taking the piss out of gangsta rap culture. Sorry to be that guy, but that joke isn’t funny any more.

Their last video had moments of razor sharp wit and killer styling, but was already a sign of things to come. I wrote about it here.

In Cookie Thumper, Ninja, played by middle class white South African rapper Waddy, has stopped appropriating Cape gangster culture. Here he has been replaced by a Cape gangster altogether – and goes behind the camera to direct.

Why appropriate a culture when you can just misappropriate it? The realities of Cape Flats poverty and the numbers gangs that perpetuate a cycle of violence between prison life and the street are reduced to cute and freaky symbols. Drugs are cool, gangsters have no front teeth and hot torsos. They are then sexually objectified (think Bill Faure’s Shaka Zulu, every madam’s loincloth fantasy). Added to that is a twist of kink that serves as a ribbon on the package.

“There once was a little girl who had a crush on a bad, bad boy. But when that bad boy got out of prison, that little girl’s ass was in big, big trouble,” speaks a narrator.

Anies the gangster – though declaring he’s not a number 28 but a 26 and 27 – obviously learnt some tricks in prison. He takes his women from behind, which I think is a spoiler alert. Oh, and he’s the devil.

His tongue slithers out between his passion gap and his eyes go all satanic. In case you didn’t get it, he’s the big bad wolf.

Yo-Landi is Little Red Riding Hood in a paedophilic forest. There’s no denying she’s an original who can rap and it’s time she had a solo outing.

But here she makes child abuse fashionable by playing a young teenage girl – and then getting younger. The video’s imagery casts her in the role of a preteen and even a baby. In one scene she gets spanked by mummy, in another she wets herself on the stairs of her orphanage. Trigger alert if you were abused as a child. Seriously.

In her only really good moment, she neatly references Arthur’s Sika Lekhekhe with an explicit dance sequence and a chant of, “Sny you koekie, sny sny jou koekie.”

In case you weren’t already suitably shocked and curiously aroused, there are also troubling scenes with pillowcases. In Fatty Boom Boom, Yo-Landi appeared in blackface. Here she and her fellow female orphans don pillowcases with holes cut out for eyes. Why go for blackface when you can just reference the Ku Klux Clan?

The lyrics of the song help explain why this is all happening: “Die Antwoord freak the rest of the world out because the rest of the world has no idea where this all comes from.

“My zef accent is very foreign. When I speak overseas dey go ‘I beg your pardon’,” spits Yo-Landi.

Cookie Thumper continues the project of lifting the most stereotypical images of coloured and white poverty and turning them into porn, then selling them as a freaky little curio to the rest of the world.

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