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Recommended: Answers On South African Trash Ravers, Die Antwoord

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It’s not easy being white trash in America these days, what with all the death panels and the Muslim President. But in South Africa it appears that embracing your “zef” (Afrikaans for “white trash”) is the thing to do, and it’s growing pop cultural phenomenon that can be lucrative — if Die Antwoord is to be taken seriously. You may have seen their video “Zef Side,” featuring the threesome, Ninja, Yo-Landi and Hi-Tek in a hot mess so blown out that over 4 million viewers haven’t been able to turn away. The meth lab-come-music video was such a freak show it essentially landed the group a record deal on Interscope.

Nitsuh Abebe writing for Vulture has a greater grasp on these fools than I ever will, and has done some work exposing the group’s origins:

Turns out Ninja and Yo-Landi are married, and parents, and educated, arty types. Both have spent time in clever, conceptual hip-hop and electronic projects (like this one), and approach their current work pretty much “in character,” a fact that bummed out a whole lot of web surfers who thought they’d stumbled across some unimaginably crazy artifact from the real South Africa. When the group made a video responding to the question of whether they were “fake,” it had — like a lot of their videos — the pacing and feel of a mockumentary…. Ninja explains that “Die Antwoord” means “the answer”; when someone asks “the answer to what?” there’s exactly the right length of silence before he says it’s the answer to “whatever, man.” He’s so doggedly deadpan he seems like he’s doing improv. And maybe he is — though if it’s all just a concept, it’s one this group has doubled down on, hard-core, enough to make it exciting and real again.

The revelation that these guys are not actually some freakish zef side musical anomaly is something of a let down, but it does trigger some real respect their artistry. I can’t say I dig what they’re pushing but I applaud their creative prowess and the severity of their haircuts.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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