Part IV: Is Die Antwoord Blackface?

 

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dc.contributor.author Haupt, Adam
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-21T09:56:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-21T09:56:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17533171.2012.715486
dc.identifier.citation Haupt, A. (2012). Part IV: Is Die Antwoord Blackface?. Safundi, 13(3-4), 417-423.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24602
dc.description.abstract Is Die Antwoord blackface? In a word, yes. During an interview in the US, Waddy Jones reportedly said, ‘‘God made a mistake with me. I’m actually black, trapped in a white body.’’87 Jones’ claim is consistent with his lyrics on ‘‘Never le Nkemise’’ (off their recent album, Ten$ion): ‘‘Ninja, die wit kaffir/Ja, julle naaiers/Skrik wakker’’ [Ninja, the white kaffir/Yes, you fuckers/Wake up].88 ‘‘Kaffir’’ is a racially pejorative Afrikaans term for a black person and its use in everyday discourse has generally not become as acceptable as the term ‘‘nigga,’’ which has featured in the lyrics and interviews of gangsta rappers, like the late Tupac Shakur, or in ‘‘hood films,’’ such as Juice (starring Shakur), Menace II Society, or Boyz N the Hood. 89 Of course, the term ‘‘nigga’’ itself is a contested term and has been the focus of scholarly work, for example, Asim’s The N Word, 90 as well as documentaries such as Larkins’ The N Word91 and Lazin’s Tupac Resurrection. 92 Whilst, it is entirely possible that Jones is being ironic in the interview and his performances, it is worth noting that he reproduces racially problematic language that signals white, racist projections of blackness.
dc.language.iso afr
dc.source Safundi : journal of South African and American studies
dc.source.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsaf20/current
dc.title Part IV: Is Die Antwoord Blackface?
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-01-11T10:18:51Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Film and Media Studies en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Haupt, A. (2012). Part IV: Is Die Antwoord Blackface?. <i>Safundi : journal of South African and American studies</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24602 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Haupt, Adam "Part IV: Is Die Antwoord Blackface?." <i>Safundi : journal of South African and American studies</i> (2012) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24602 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Haupt A. Part IV: Is Die Antwoord Blackface?. Safundi : journal of South African and American studies. 2012; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24602. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Haupt, Adam AB - Is Die Antwoord blackface? In a word, yes. During an interview in the US, Waddy Jones reportedly said, ‘‘God made a mistake with me. I’m actually black, trapped in a white body.’’87 Jones’ claim is consistent with his lyrics on ‘‘Never le Nkemise’’ (off their recent album, Ten$ion): ‘‘Ninja, die wit kaffir/Ja, julle naaiers/Skrik wakker’’ [Ninja, the white kaffir/Yes, you fuckers/Wake up].88 ‘‘Kaffir’’ is a racially pejorative Afrikaans term for a black person and its use in everyday discourse has generally not become as acceptable as the term ‘‘nigga,’’ which has featured in the lyrics and interviews of gangsta rappers, like the late Tupac Shakur, or in ‘‘hood films,’’ such as Juice (starring Shakur), Menace II Society, or Boyz N the Hood. 89 Of course, the term ‘‘nigga’’ itself is a contested term and has been the focus of scholarly work, for example, Asim’s The N Word, 90 as well as documentaries such as Larkins’ The N Word91 and Lazin’s Tupac Resurrection. 92 Whilst, it is entirely possible that Jones is being ironic in the interview and his performances, it is worth noting that he reproduces racially problematic language that signals white, racist projections of blackness. DA - 2012 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Safundi : journal of South African and American studies LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2012 T1 - Part IV: Is Die Antwoord Blackface? TI - Part IV: Is Die Antwoord Blackface? UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/24602 ER - en_ZA


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