Spike Lee Delivers New Short Film for Michael Jackson's “They Don’t Care About Us”

“Great Protest Songs Can’t Get Old, Stale Or Nonrelevant Because The Struggle Still Continues.”

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Spike Lee has dropped off a new visual for Michael Jackson‘s 1995 single “They Don’t Care About Us,” debuted during the director’s annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson block party virtually celebrating the late artist’s birthday.

The updated video utilizes clips from the single’s original two short films — both of which were also directed by Lee — along with scenes from worldwide protests today. Adding to the previous visuals’ focuses on police brutality and Brazil is footage of recent protests that took place in Osaka, Helsinki, Paris, Madrid, Atlanta, NYC, Tel Aviv, Rafah, Brooklyn, Tunis, London, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, Toronto, Kenosha, Melbourne, Chicago and more.

The filmmaker shared in a statement:

“Great Protest Songs Can’t Get Old, Stale Or Nonrelevant 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. 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.”

Spike Lee – Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn.

Watch Spike Lee’s “They Don’t Care About Us (2020)” above.

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