Pearl Jam have shared a previously unreleased uncensored music video for their song ‘Jeremy’.
The band released the video, which was previously unavailable in the US due to TV censorship laws, to mark National Wear Orange Day, also known as National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which took place yesterday (June 5).
Taken from the band’s 1991 debut album ‘Ten’, ‘Jeremy’ was inspired by a newspaper article frontman Eddie Vedder read about Jeremy Wade Delle, a high school student who shot himself in front of his English class.
The song’s original video was directed by Chris Cuffaro and won multiple awards at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Video Of The Year.
Watch the uncensored edit of ‘Jeremy’ below:
The band have also shared a revised version of their ‘Choices’ t-shirt that originally read: “9 out of 10 kids prefer Crayons to guns” on the back. The updated version of the shirt now reads: “10 out of 10 kids prefer Crayons to guns.”
(3/3) We have also released an updated Choices shirt with all proceeds to support organizations working to prevent gun violence: https://t.co/7sqiDOZOcM
We can prevent gun deaths whether mass shootings, deaths of despair, law enforcement, or accidental.
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) June 6, 2020
Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody last week, sparking protests across the globe. He was pinned down by the neck by officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Posting on Twitter, the band wrote: “Pearl Jam was started with a love for music and social justice. Our organization has been reflecting on where unconscious racism is still showing up in our own lives and how we can do better.
“While we continue to dig in, we do not want to contribute to white voices overtaking the narrative that the Black community is sharing. It is the responsibility of each of us to listen and educate ourselves on how to be better humans sharing this planet.”