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Rapper Macklemore apologizes for wearing an ‘anti-Semitic’ outfit in concert


Macklemore issued an apology Monday night for a costume he wore at a concert in Seattle that prompted angry accusations of anti-Semitism.The rapper wore an oversized nose, bowl-cut wig and a long beard Friday night while performing his song “Thrift Shop” in a surprise performance at the Experience Music Project Museum.The Jerusalem Post said Macklemore appeared as a “stereotypical Jew.”The Forward also criticized his outfit choice, writing, “Really, Macklemore? A big Jewish nose? Subtle.”Many in social media were less-than-impressed, as well.One fan called Macklemore an “idiot” for his “racist Jewish stereotype” dress. Another accused him of playing into the “Jews are cheap stereotype,” given the song selection. Yet another weighed in with “Jews are one of the last groups of people it’s ok to mock, with little repercussion.”Others called Macklemore a hypocrite, with tweets such as “wants respect for gays & hates Jews” and “Same Love, Same Hate: rapper / 9-11 truther Macklemore dresses up as hooked-nose Jew.”In his apology, which was posted on his website Monday night, Macklemore said he randomly chose the pieces of the costume so he could disguise himself and move around freely during the show. He said it wasn’t meant to be a caricature of a Jew.”I respect all cultures and all people,” he wrote. “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.”

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