Shut Up And Sing: Michael Jackson

Nov 24 2010 @ 2:20pm

A reader writes:

MJ has too many to count, but "Earth Song" definitely takes the prize as the absolute worst. The music video shoves every source of liberal guilt in your face. Trees are brought down by evil bulldozers. A de-tusked elephant lies dead in a valley. Soldiers and tanks occupy a decrepit town. All this and more, while sad, innocent natives look on helplessly.

Luckily none of it matters since MJ and the natives shove their hands into the dirt and everything conveniently springs back to life. In case you still don't get the message (which is … what exactly?), MJ then sings "What about [fill in the blank]" for two full minutes.

Those lyrics after the jump. But first another reader:

The live performance at the 1996 Brit awards is far more worthy of hathos, with Jackson silhouetted against the Earth, grabbing his crotch while bathed in blinding light, surrounded by throngs of the diverse and/or destitute (as well as an ass fanning invasion by Jarvis Cocker), and embracing young and old while striking his best Jesus Christ pose.

Hey

what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can't even breathe
(What about us)
What about everything
(What about us)
I given you
(What about us)
What about nature's worth
(ooo, ooo)
It's our planet's womb
(What about us)
What about animals
(What about it)
We've turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We're ravaging the seas
(What about us)
What about forest trails
(ooo, ooo)
Burnt despite our pleas
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
Torn apart by creed
(What about us)
What about the common man
(What about us)
Can't we set him free
(What about us)
What about children dying
(What about us)
Can't you hear them cry
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
(ooo, ooo)
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about baby boy
(What about it)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
(What about us)
What about the man
(What about us)
What about the crying man
(What about us)
What about Abraham
(What was us)
What about death again
(ooo, ooo)
Do we give a damn

Aaaaaaaaah Ooooooooh