Macklemore Issues Apology For Costume

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Macklemore took to his official website Monday to address accusations that the costume he wore for a surprise performance at the EMP was antisemitic.

A Twitter argument (the most serious type of argument, according to 20-somethings every where) between the Seattle rapper and actor Seth Rogen resulted in Rogen issuing this comeback:

Perhaps in an attempt to address mounting criticism, Macklemore issued a much longer statement (because addressing issues of racism in performance can sometimes require more than 140-characters):

The following are excerpts from the rapper’s apology (you can read the full version here)

“On Friday night we had a surprise show at the EMP Museum in Seattle.  Earlier in the day I thought it would be fun to dress up in a disguise and go incognito to the event, so that I could walk around unnoticed and surprise the crowd with a short performance…

“As it turns out the fake noses they sell at the costume store are usually big (my nose didn’t fit most of them).  So I ended up with a big witch nose.  I went with a black beard, because that’s the furthest color from my natural hair.  Disguise was the intention.  I personally thought I looked very ambiguous in terms of any “type” of person…

“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…

“I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature.

“I will let my body of work and the causes for which I’ve supported speak for themselves. I hope that anyone who may question my intent take a few moments to discover the human and artist that I strive to be. I respect all cultures and all people.  I would never intentionally put down anybody for the fabric that makes them who they are. I love human beings, love originality, and… happen to love a weird outfit from time to time.

“I truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended.”

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