ONTD Original: A Look Back At Michael Jackson's Anti-Semitic Phone Call



- In 2005, ABC's 'Good Morning America' obtained a tape that was given to them by the lawyer of Dieter Wiesner and Marc Schaffel, who were Michael Jackson's ex-advisers and were suing the singer at the time for breach of contract and fraud. The tape was of a phone call between Jackson and Wiesner that was recorded two years prior, and it contained Jackson going on an anti-Semitic rant.

- Jackson is heard saying "They suck...they're like leeches...I'm so tired of it. They start out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money, big house, cars, and everything. End up with penniless. It is a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose."

- Brian Oxman, who was Jackson's attorney at the time, didn't deny that it was Jackson on the phone call but said that the conversation was recorded without his permission. Raymone Bain, Jackson’s spokesperson, said that Jackson had “no comment” when asked for a response to the tape.

- Abraham Foxman, who was the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League at the time, said: "It is sad that Jackson is infected with stereotypical ideas of Jews as money-grubbing and manipulative."




- In 1995, controversy stirred over a portion of the lyrics to Michael's song They Don't Care About Us:

"Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, k*ke me
Don't you Black or white me"


- After being called out for anti-Semitism by the Jewish community and publications like The New York Times, Jackson responded "The idea that these lyrics could be deemed objectionable is extremely hurtful to me, and misleading. The song in fact is about the pain of prejudice and hate and is a way to draw attention to social and political problems. I am the voice of the accused and the attacked. I am the voice of everyone. I am the skinhead, I am the Jew, I am the black man, I am the white man. I am not the one who was attacking. It is about the injustices to young people and how the system can wrongfully accuse them. I am angry and outraged that I could be so misinterpreted." (OP's note: I never bought this excuse because this song and the HIStory album were made after the first time he was accused of child molestation. Most of the songs on the album are about how, in his mind, everyone is out to get him for his money, and how he's the real victim. The "Jew me, sue me" part, in particular, can be seen as a reference to how many times he has been sued, and it plays into the Jewish people and money trope.)

- He would also say "It's not anti-Semitic because I'm not a racist person...I could never be racist. I love all races." He also pointed out how he had Jewish friends and employees.

- Jackson later apologized and re-recorded the song the altered lyrics. The words "Jew me" and "k*ke me" are bleeped out in the official video for the song, but they can still be vaguely heard:




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