Black or White

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” album recently celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary! I remember listening to that tape over and over in my bedroom when I was 10 years old. I loved it! I also vividly remember when the music video for “Black or White” premiered… so today I’m tuning it back to the original (uncut) music video for “Black or White”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 11, 1991

TRIVIA: Controversy was generated concerning the last four minutes of the original music video. Jackson walks out of the studio as a black panther and then morphs into himself. Then he walks outside to perform some of his most physically complicated dance techniques, in a similar way to “Billie Jean”. This part contained sexually suggestive scenes when Jackson starts to grab his crotch, and then zips his pants up. In the original version, Jackson is seen smashing windows,destroying a car and causing an inn (called the “Royal Arms”) to explode. Jackson later apologized saying that the violent and suggestive behavior was an interpretation of the animal instinct of a black panther, and MTV and other music video networks removed the last four minutes from subsequent broadcasts. To make the vandalism and violence more understandable to viewers, an altered version was produced, adding racist graffiti to the windows Jackson breaks.

See you next Tuesday!

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