They Don't Care About Us (4:44)

Cover of The Essential Michael Jackson

From The Essential Michael Jackson and 32 other releases

“They Don’t Care About Us” is the fourth single from Michael Jackson’s album HIStory. The song remains one of the most controversial pieces Jackson ever composed. In the US, media scrutiny surrounding alleged anti-semitic lyrics were the catalyst for Jackson issuing multiple apologies and censoring of questionable lyrics. The singer countered allegations of antisemitism, arguing that reviews had misinterpreted the context of the song, either unintentionally or deliberately. Musically, it is an aggressive hip-hop production about social ills.

The song was accompanied by two music videos directed by Spike Lee. The first was shot in a shantytown of Rio de Janeiro, where State authorities tried to ban all production over fears the video would damage their image, the area and prospects of staging the 2004 Olympics. Still, the residents of the area were happy to see the singer, hoping their problems would be made visible to a wider audience. The second video was shot in a prison and contained video footage of multiple references to human rights abuses.
Commercially, the song became a top ten hit in all European countries. In the US, radio stations were reluctant to play the controversial composition; it, however, managed to peak at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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  • MilanKc

    this track is awesome

    15 Jul 3:43am Reply
  • eroticon

    когда Джексон бегал по Бразилии и кричал "им плевать на нас" он даже не подазревал что это будет лозунгом беспорядков после матча Бразилия - Германия (1-7)

    11 Jul 8:11pm Reply
  • LauraKylie

    I miss MJ

    8 Jul 11:55am Reply
  • putzharold

    "Michael, Michael, eles não ligam pra gente"

    30 Jun 3:36pm Reply
  • extraordGntlmn

    they don't :-/

    30 Jun 12:08pm Reply
  • supermediadave

    A very fitting song...

    27 Jun 5:45am Reply
  • timmyc1983

    This is such well written song. Obviously MJ was writing from his experiences but the whole thing is true. I can't talk for the USA, but here in Australia, the government and the cops don't give a damn about the general public. Politicians get paid so much money and they can't run the country and police have so much power but can't catch the real bad guys... I feel sorry for MJ, he deserved better!!

    13 Jun 2:32pm Reply
  • NachtelfSchurke

    It gives me the creeps. each time. legendary song.

    5 Jun 9:12am Reply
  • dspro0il

    Michael, Michael .. Eles não ligam pra gente! [2] hauehauehauehauehauhe

    15 May 11:12pm Reply
  • gabriela195

    er war der beste leider ist er an seiner sucht zu grunde gegangen er hätte uns noch so viele schöne song bescheren können leider jetzt nicht mehr schade

    3 May 7:23pm Reply
  • mcflyyoubojo

    Fuck yes, sing it Mikey

    3 May 4:09pm Reply
  • xXxT0RMENTxXx

    This is NOT a black or white issue, learn you some history.

    29 Apr 4:33pm Reply
  • enxe3

    One of his bests

    9 Apr 6:41pm Reply
  • justenbiebaz

    Hino do Brasil. #WakeUpBrazil [2]

    5 Apr 9:44pm Reply
  • Rapture_666

    Powerful song.

    21 Mar 8:52pm Reply
  • KammanderKool

    This song leaves a powerful message that humankind should change their ways and care for one another, treating everyone as equals no matter how different they are or will be.

    14 Feb 7:29pm Reply
  • TezukaHikaru

    Strong song, lyrics will be my motto.[2]

    11 Feb 4:30pm Reply
  • LeraCranberry

    Strong song, lyrics will be my motto.

    4 Feb 6:34pm Reply
  • Hahahehehahaho

    Michael, Michael .. Eles não ligam pra gente!

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kaja13172

    Beat me, hate me... You can never break me [2]

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
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