Spike Lee is breathing new life into Michael Jackson’s iconic 1995 music video “They Don't Care About Us,” displaying passionate images of social justice protests that grip the 2020 landscape.
The new version marks what would have been the King of Pop’s 62nd birthday. Lee maintains the video’s original Brazilian setting accompanied by scenes of MJ strutting through the streets, surrounded by hordes of impassioned people singing, dancing and drumming to the rhythm. The director modernizes Michael’s plea for equality with Black Lives Matter protest footage from across the world.
Lee views this video reboot as a rallying cry for social justice movements. ““Great protest songs can’t get old, stale or non-relevant 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,” he said in a statement. “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.”
“They Don’t Care About Us (2020)” accompanied Spike’s annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson block party, Saturday. Due to concerns regarding spread of the coronavirus, the event celebrated Michael’s legacy virtually, this year.
Creative juices continue to flow for the “Do The Right Thing” director. Back in May Lee hinted to a possible sequel of his basketball epic “He Got Game.” Spike revealed during an ESPN interview that New Orleans Pelicans’ star Zion Williamson is in consideration for the lead role.