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Jackson Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Lyrics

Sat., June 17, 1995

Michael Jackson apologized Friday for using anti-Semitic slang in a song and said he will include a statement with his “HIStory” album explaining his intentions.

“My intention was for this song to say ‘no’ to racism, anti-Semitism and stereotyping,” Jackson said in a letter to Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies.

“Unfortunately, my choice of words may have unintentionally hurt the very people I wanted to stand in solidarity with. … I apologize to anyone who might have been hurt.”

Jackson used the phrases “Jew me” and “kike me” in the song “They Don’t Care About Us,” which appears on the “HIStory” album due in stores Tuesday. Hier and others had condemned use of the terms.

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