Are there more sensitive international political topics beyond Israel? Michael Jackson sure found out in 1996, with this song that was considered by many to be antisemitic.
Antisemitism is the term referring to attitudes and actions deemed hostile and prejudicial toward those of the Jewish faith.
The lyrics included this:
“Jew me, sue me, everybody do me/ Kick me, kike me, don’t you black or white me.”
Jackson claimed he was singing universally about hate. But he did alter these lyrics.
A second video shifted the focus to African Americans, China, war crimes and other political topics, perhaps to try to highlight the more general nature of the song’s message: