In the midst of Black Lives Matter protests, Friday (June 5) was National Wear Orange Day — a campaign to help raise gun violence awareness — and to commemorate the day, Pearl Jam shared an uncensored version of their icon "Jeremy" video.
"In addition to the equity protests taking place around the country, today also marks National Wear Orange Day," the band wrote on Instagram. "The increase in gun violence since the debut of 'Jeremy' is staggering. We have released the uncensored version of the video which was unavailable in 1992 with TV censorship laws."
"We can prevent gun deaths whether mass shootings, deaths of despair, law enforcement, or accidental," they added.
Watch the uncensored "Jeremy" video below.
In addition to releasing the video's alternate version, Pearl Jam also updated their "Choices" t-shirt. The shirt showed a black and white photo of a little girl sitting next to a revolver and a bunch of crayons (the same image used for the "Jeremy" album art). On the back it read "9 out of 10 kids prefer crayons to guns," most likely referring to the single's namesake Jeremy Wade Delle, who shot himself in front of his English class in 1991. The revised logo says "10 out of 10 kids prefer crayons to guns" and proceeds will go to the band's Vitalogy Foundation to help support gun violence prevention organizations.
Pearl Jam also spoke out against racism this week and vowed they would continue to learn while listening to black voices.