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"In recent years a workprint of the music video to "They Don't Care About Us" has appeared, which is a rough cut of the Prison version. This version contains even more violent footage (the Rodney King beating, Los Angeles riots, the Chinese Tank Man, the Vietnam war) than the released video, which also includes scenes of the Holocaust, dead bodies, gunshot and African famine scenes and a kid throwing around a foot detached from its body." --Sholem Stein

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"They Don't Care About Us" is a song by Michael Jackson, released as the third single in the United States and the fourth in Europe from his album HIStory. It debuted and peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 8, 1996. The song reached top 10 in different charts world-wide. "They Don't Care About Us" reached number two in the United World Chart.

Music video versions

The original music video for the song showed Jackson singing the song in a prison. MTV took the video off its playlist because it showed scenes of violence. Jackson and video director Spike Lee did another version of the video set in Dona Marta, a shanty town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, because of the location, this version has also been under some controversy. Brazilian politicians accused Jackson of exploiting poverty to make money. It is also alleged that Jackson needed and was given permission by drug traffickers to shoot the video.

Other sources claim that "The original music video, which was shot in March, on the streets of Salvador in Brazil was reportedly not 'entirely satisfactory' to Michael's liking, so a second music video, the 'Prison version', was made a week later. However ironically this new music video was banned in some countries due to complaints that it was too violent, and on both MTV and VH1 it was only allowed to be shown after the 9 o'clock watershed."

However in recent years a workprint of the music video has appeared, which is a rough cut of the Prison Version. This version contains even more violent footage than the released video, which includes scenes of the Holocaust, dead bodies, gunshot scenes and a kid throwing around a foot detached from its body. But however more brutal, this version still censors the lyrics mentioned above. The prisoners in the video are singing along on all choruses, whereas in the released version, they only sing one chorus. It is unknown from where this cut originates, but it is clearly an early cut.

The "Brazil version" of the "They Don't Care About Us" music video, featuring the Brazilian cultural group Olodum playing drums, can be found on the DVD HIStory on Film, Volume II, as well as on the DVD side of the Visionary single, which was released in 2006. It shows him spontaneously improvising physically complicated dance techniques before admiring crowds on the streets of a Brazilian city.




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