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Macklemore Apologizes For Costume That Resembled Jewish Stereotypes

During a surprise performance in Seattle on Friday night, Macklemore dressed up in an outfit seen by some as a collection of offensive Jewish stereotypes. Update: Macklemore has released an extended statement on his blog addressing the incident.

1. At the opening of a new exhibit at Seattle’s EMP Museum called “Spectacle: The Music Video” on Friday, audience members were treated to a surprise performance by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who have outfits included in the exhibit.

2. During the set, Macklemore wore a costume that included a large prosthetic nose and fake beard.

3. Which some are arguing was simply a hodgepodge of offensive Jewish stereotypes.

4. Many fans seemed to enjoy the set and didn’t comment on Macklemore’s choice of attire.

5. But once photos surfaced from the performance, others turned to social media to question the outfit choice.

want to lose your faith in humanity? macklemore wore a jewish stereotype costume to a concert: http://t.co/BqRYFH1D1m via @dailydot

— jaythenerdkid (@jay, miss fanservice)

that time macklemore showed up to a concert in seattle dressed like a jewish stereotype (h/t @thetanyebest) http://t.co/Gd7Pih8WJy

— jacobjbg (@jacob greenberg)

What a sick joke this guy is @dailydot: Why did Macklemore perform a secret show in Jew-face? http://t.co/4trGKCowMr

— jdmagness (@JD MAGNESS)

9. While others have noted the relative lack of reaction to the costume from the audience members at the performance.

Super unsurprised that Seattlites didn't think Macklemore's Jewish costume was offensive http://t.co/FJyzzgFnPp

— michaelbarthel (@Michael Barthel)

10. Macklemore says he is not Jewish.

RT @morgaaaann: @macklemore are you Jewish or what <- nah. Just got hella good Jewish homies

— macklemore (@Macklemore)

11. UPDATE, May 19, 9:30 a.m. ET: Macklemore has addressed the controversy via tweet, denying the stereotype accusation.

A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.

— macklemore (@Macklemore)

12. UPDATE, May 20, 10:20 a.m. ET:


Macklemore has posted an extended statement on his blog addressing the controversy, stating, “I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature. 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.”

Read the full statement here.

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