Source: Rockcellar Magazine – By Frank Mastropolo | All Things Michael
Michael Jackson, whose career was built around songs of love and brotherhood, drew heavy criticism with the 1995 release of They Don’t Care About Us. The track, from the album HIStory, included the lyrics, “Jew me, sue me, everybody do me / Kick me, kike me, don’t you black or white me.”
“The idea that these lyrics could be deemed objectionable is extremely hurtful to me, and misleading. The song in fact is about the pain of prejudice and hate,” Jackson told the New York Times. “I am the Jew, I am the black man, I am the white man. I am not the one who was attacking… I am angry and outraged that I could be so misinterpreted.”
Jackson later apologized and returned to the studio to substitute “Do me” and “Strike me” for “Jew me” and “kike me.” On the two music videos for the song, directed by Spike Lee, sound effects were added to mask the offending words.
They Don’t Really Care About Us by Michael Jackson (original version)
They Don’t Really Care About Us by Michael Jackson (edited video)
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