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To Celebrate Michael Jackson’s 62nd Birthday, Spike Lee Releases 2020 Version Of ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ Video With Protest Footage

“Great protest songs can’t get old, stale or non-relevant because the struggle still continues,” Spike Lee says of 2020 version

In celebration Michael Jackson’s 62nd birthday (August 29th), Mr. 40 Acres And A Mule releases another powerful Spike Lee joint – a 2020 version of MJ’s music video for the singer’s “They Don’t Care About Us.”

The new visual for “They Don’t Care About Us (2020)” incorporates scenes and outtakes from Lee’s original two videos for the HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I single — both the Brazil version and the prison-set one that examined police brutality — with footage from George Floyd protests from around the world.

“They Don’t Care About Us” is the fifth single from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, released on June 16, 1995. It is a protest song and remains one of the most controversial pieces Jackson ever composed and the words fit the current situation we are in today in 2020.

“Great protest songs can’t get old, stale or non-relevant because the struggle still continues.  That’s why THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT US is the anthem during this chaotic, pandemic world we are all living in,” Lee said in a statement.

I am the victim of police brutality, now
I’m tired of being the victim of hate
You’re ripping me of my pride, oh, for God’s sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy, set me free

All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us
Don’t worry what people say, we know the truth
All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us
Enough is enough of this garbage
All I want to say is that they don’t really care about us

“To celebrate Michael Jackson’s born day, we have made the THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT US 2020 short film to continue the struggle for equality for all. That’s the truth, Ruth. Be safe.”

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1 Comment on To Celebrate Michael Jackson’s 62nd Birthday, Spike Lee Releases 2020 Version Of ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ Video With Protest Footage

  1. Carlton Beckford Dozier // September 8, 2020 at 5:48 PM //

    MJ’s song still resonates in today’s society. Thanks to the great Spike Lee for refreshing this socially conscious song.

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