Macklemore Apologizes For Costume: “A Jewish Stereotype Never Crossed My Mind”

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By Michael Lewittes


Macklemore apologized late Monday for wearing a costume, which many believed to be anti-Semitic, during a performance on Friday in Seattle.

In a letter he posted to his website, the rapper writes that he wanted to “dress up in disguise” and go “incognito” to the concert.

Macklemore says the fake noses being sold at a particular costume store were large, and most of them didn’t fit him.

“So I ended up with a big witch nose,” he explains.

Macklemore goes on to say that he chose a black wig because it was the furthest from his natural hair color.

“I’ve always loved dressing up and have been doing so my entire career,” he says. “The character I dressed up as on Friday had no intended cultural identity or background. I wasn’t attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one.”

“A “Jewish stereotype” never crossed my mind,” he adds.

“I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature,” he admits. “I am here to say that it was absolutely not my intention, and unfortunately at the time I did not foresee the costume to be viewed in such regard. I’m saddened that this story, or any of my choices, would lead to any form of negativity.”

Macklemore ended his apology by saying “out of a negative can come a positive,” explaining that he is now “hip to some incredible groups” like the Anti-Defamation League, which was created to fight anti-Semitism.

The rapper provided a link to the ADL website and encouraged fans to check it out.

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