Macklemore Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Costume

05/21/2014
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(Radio.com) After being criticized for wearing an offensive costume onstage in Seattle last Friday (May 16), Macklemore has apologized in a lengthy letter via his website, stating he never meant to dress like a "Jewish stereotype."

Macklemore wore a large witch nose and a black wig and beard while rapping his song "Thrift Shop" at the opening of a music video-centric exhibit at Seattle's EMP Museum and reportedly told the crowd he found his getup after he "went to Costume Display," before adding that he felt "like a man for the first time today."

Initially after his was costume was called anti-semitic by fans and even comedian Seth Rogen, who is Jewish, Macklemore tweeted, "A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody."

But now he has come out with a full statement apologizing for the getup, which many found insensitive, stating that the costume was just his way of surprising fans and that he thought he looked more like "Humpty Hump with a bowl cut."

"The character I dressed up as had no intended cultural identity or background. I wasn't attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one," he wrote. "A 'Jewish stereotype' never crossed my mind."

Macklemore goes on to apologize "to anybody that I may have offended," noting, "It was surprising and disappointing that the images of a disguise were sensationalized leading to the immediate assertion that my costume was anti-Semetic [sic]." more on this story

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