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.”