Jackson Turns Over Revised Version of Anti-Semitic Song
Jul. 12, 1995
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Michael Jackson on Wednesday gave his record label a cleaned-up version of a song that was criticized as anti-Semitic, a source said.
With about 2 million copies of his new album made with the original song, it may be months before the rewritten version hits stores, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The revised ``They Don't Care About Us'' replaces ``Jew me'' and ``Kike me'' with ``Do me'' and ``Strike me,'' said the source, who is close to Jackson.
After he was criticized for the song when the album came out in mid-June, Jackson apologized, saying he was trying to illustrate the evils of prejudice. He promised to re-record the song and include a written explanation in unreleased copies of the album ``HIStory Past, Present and Future Book 1.''
``I acknowledge that I seriously offended some people, which was never my intention, and for that I am deeply sorry,'' he said at the time. ``I have come to understand over the past days that these words are considered anti-Semitic.''
The album is No. 1 on this week's national Billboard sales charts, is Jackson's first album since 1991's ``Dangerous'' and his first since settling a child molestation allegation for a reported $15 million. No charges were filed.
Bob Jones, vice president of Jackson's production company, MJJ Productions, and Epic Records spokeswoman Melani Rogers didn't immediately return calls. Jackson publicist Lee Solters said he couldn't comment.