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Michael Jackson: They Don't Care About Us, Prison Version (1996)

This second version was filmed in a prison with cell mates; in the video Jackson is seen handcuffed. It also contains real footage of police attacking African Americans, the military ... See full summary »

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This second version was filmed in a prison with cell mates; in the video Jackson is seen handcuffed. It also contains real footage of police attacking African Americans, the military crackdown of the protest in the Tiananmen Square, the Ku Klux Klan, war crimes, genocide, execution, martial law, and other human rights abuses.

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The singer countered allegations of antisemitism, arguing that reviews had misinterpreted the context of the song, either unintentionally or deliberately. See more »

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Excellent song, the visual side has ups and downs
24 August 2017 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Here we have the second music video to the Michael Jackson song "They Don't Care About Us" and just like with the Brazil version, the director is Oscar-nominated African American filmmaker Spike Lee. It runs for slightly under five minutes and was released back in 1996, so it had its 20th anniversary last year. This is the prison version, well sort-of. There are scenes with all the inmates singing or MJ jumping and dancing on the tables, but these reenacted scenes are probably where this one is at its worst because it just doesn't feel authentic and Jackson at a prison? Sorry but no, he just feels way too soft to pull ii off as an inmate. But the good thing is there are also 2 aspects which really make this one worth watching. Number 1 would be the song that is very different compared to most of Jackson's other works and I liked it to an extent where I would say it is one of his best. And the second point is the documentary scenes in here from moments that fit the general tone of the song extremely well, especially early on, and these are also better than everything you see in the Brazil version. As a whole, I recommend the watch and I highly recommend the listen. No doubt I give this a thumbs-up.


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