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Macklemore hits back at costume critics

By | Published on Tuesday 20 May 2014


Macklemore has defended a costume he wore at a surprise show in Seattle last week.

Although no one seem too bothered at the gig itself, since photos of the show have surfaced online the rapper has been accused of dressing like a caricature Jewish stereotype by donning a large prosthetic nose, black wig and beard, leading to allegations the performance was anti-Semitic. That he seemingly performed his hit ‘Thrift Shop’ in the garb has added to accusations of pandering to negative stereotypes.

Actor Seth Rogan has been the most high profile critic of the costume, saying to the rapper via Twitter: “First you trick people into thinking you’re a rapper, now you trick them into thinking you’re Jewish”.

Macklemore responded that there was no intent in his performance to appear like a Jewish stereotype, or to offend anyone through his costume, noting: “A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody”.

Though Rogan for one wasn’t impressed with the reply, responding: “Really?? Because if I told someone to put together an anti-Semitic Jew costume, they’d have that exact shopping list”.

So there you go, that’s a thing.