Friday, Jun. 26, 2009

The Prison Tribute

In 2007, 1,500 inmates at the Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines learned, rehearsed and performed the dance routine featured in Michael Jackson's famous "Thriller" video. Their orange jumpsuits limited their costume options, but even without the zombie make-up they put on a pretty convincing act. The YouTube video of their performance has been viewed over 26 million times.

After learning about their idol's unexpected death, the inmates made another choreographed video, this time to honor his memory. The slower, more somber routine lasts over nine minutes and features some of Jackson's most famous ballads. It's not as catchy as the inmates' original video, but it is very sweet.