Popular pseudo-rapper and singer Macklemore is almost as famous for his gay marriage advocacy as he is for his music. But he’s just stepped into a controversy with his recent decision to be unabashedly anti-Semitic.
Last week Macklemore disguised himself for a short surprise show he was a part of in Seattle – but his costume is drawing criticism.
(Warning – the below has some celebrity back and forth with some very strong language that is not safe for everyone’s consumption.)
I guess you should decide for yourself if Macklemore was shooting for some kind of anti-Semitic joke.
Comedian Seth Rogen was not pleased with Macklemore’s choice of costume.
Macklemore took to the web to do some damage control and wrote out this quick note to explain to everyone that he is not an anti-Semite. Any similarities to racist Jewish stereotypes were completely coincidental.
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. I picked up a bunch of fake mustaches and beards and grabbed a left over wig from our recent trip to Japan.
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. Some people there thought I looked like Ringo, some Abe Lincoln. If anything I thought I looked like Humpty Hump with a bowl cut.
…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.
My intention was to dress up and surprise the people at the show with a random costume and nothing more. Thus, it was surprising and disappointing that the images of a disguise were sensationalized leading to the immediate assertion that my costume was anti-Semitic. 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. I’m saddened that this story, or any of my choices, would lead to any form of negativity.
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.
But not everyone seems to be buying Macklemore’s explanation.
It doesn’t seem like Macklemore’s “apology” is going over well in the Twitterverse.
The good folks at Twitchy have more coverage of this celebrity debacle.