They’re singing in the rain – and clinging to life, just like the late King of Pop.
As Hurricane Ian hits Florida, leaving the death toll at 21 from winds reaching 150 mph, a bunch of Gen Z goofs find “dark humor” in the horror.
Rather than seek higher ground as floodwaters rise above the rooftops, the Sunshine State cybercomics have been busy filming themselves braving the elements and syncing the lyrics to Michael’s “Earth Song” Jackson.
In a video for the 1995 ditty, dealing with the issue of environmental awareness, Jackson, who died aged 50 in 2009, clings to trees as a fierce windstorm rips through the dark sky.
“#HurricaneIan on my 21st birthday,” TikToker Jordan Glenn wrote in the caption to his “Earth Song” parody.
Glenn’s video, with over 2.9 million views and 778,000 likes, garnered a shower of rave comments from audiences online, writing “Naahhh…I really like this” and “Our generation is playing all the day”. Almost all of the 25,000 comments featured a series of laughing emojis.
The social media family @LuvTheSanders also received high marks for their satire of the storm.
In a TikTok clip with over 731,000 clicks, a teenage lip syncs to MJ’s hit song while battling the storm.
The post sees the youngsters clinging to trees and tall plants, staggering around tall grass and even lying in the middle of the street amidst the cloudburst.
“Floridians are so hilarious, even in the worst possible situations,” wrote one commenter.
“Gen Z needs to get their act together. Hurricane…and [we’re] outside making music videos,” another joked.
But not everyone found the deception funny.
“Can you imagine you are preparing for a hurricane and your child is outside thinking [they’re] Michael Jackson? a Twitter user spat.
“I hate this generation,” barked another Tik Tok commenter.
New York Post