Pop Star to Record New Version of Song Criticized for Anti-Semitic Lyrics
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Michael Jackson says he will record a new version of the song ``They Don’t Care About Us″ next week to eliminate slang perceived as anti-Semitic.
The song included the lyrics ``Jew me″ and ``kike me.″ It is one of 15 recordings on Jackson’s new double-CD, ``HIStory Past, Present and Future Book 1,″ which went on sale Tuesday.
Daily Variety columnist Army Archerd, in today’s editions, quoted Jackson as saying, ``I’ll go into the studio next week and change (the lyrics). I thought of, first, muffling them, but that would make them even more noticeable.″
The substitute phrases, Archerd reported, would be ``Strike me″ and ``Do me.″
``Haven’t you ever done something that you wish you had never done? I do. So, now I’ll change it,″ the columnist quoted Jackson as saying.
There was no indication that albums already produced would be recalled. A rabbi said Jackson’s manager told him that stickers explaining the lyrics would be placed on albums already produced.
The rabbi, Abraham Cooper, hailed the decision to revise the lyrics.
``Basically, Michael Jackson’s done the right thing, and yet again, this is another example of where I think the industry has failed the community,″ said Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.
``I think that most people still believe this is not a person who is a bigot. He made a mistake.″
But he said no album gets into the marketplace without input from many people besides the artist.
Who will pay for the re-recording was unknown, said Melani Rogers, an Epic Records spokeswoman.