The South-African Alternative Rap duo Die Antwoord accused the David Ayer, Suicide Squad’s director, of copying their style in representing the characters of Joker and Harley Queen in the movie, out last week. Anyone can judge it by watching this video below.
Still, through an appropriation of things and ideas, artists can do valuable works. Adding something great, a new gaze makes something with their own style on it. The Director copied and pasted the IG preferences of whatever mainstream millennial. Differently, Die Antwoord brought a mixture of the Western Culture with the South-African one. This is why they are so cool.
David Aye made a movie on the basis of what he thought to be this trend; he wanted to exploit tastes he believed to have grasped. But rather, he got the attention, not of the unaware creators of this trend, but of their fans. The creators, as I said, are probably unaware of what they are doing. For sure, they live in a niche. They ride the waves of a pattern that they hate and love as much as they love and hate being such an integral part of it. This whole bunch of people I am talking about, have probably not a name yet, I would say something like ‘Hardcore Boredom’ and them to be the HBs.
In conclusion, what is plagiarism really in this case? So much of art is based around taking pop culture and adding your own twist to it, making it your own. Nothing is wholly original anymore, so how does someone or a group of people have the authority to “own” something that is absolutely based on preexisting concepts and ideas? This is more of a case of going with the flow of trends, not biting completely from something explicitly.
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