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Macklemore Posts Apology For Perceived Anti-Semitic Costume

(AllHipHop News) Macklemore has been catching heat for a costume he wore recently. Some critics saw the outfit as offensive for reinforcing Jewish stereotypes. The Grammy winning rapper had already denied via tweet the large fake nose and dark beard were meant to represent any ethic group, but Macklemore felt the need to issue a longer apology on his blog.

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Read Macklemore’s statement below.

Family, friends and fans alike who know me well, know that I’m absolutely not the person described in certain headlines today. There is no worse feeling than being misunderstood, especially when people are hurt or offended.

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.

We showed up to the event, I hit the stage in the outfit, rocked two songs, took pictures and went home.  We had a great time and it was fun to be a surprise guest in a costume.  I’ve always loved dressing up and have been doing so my entire career. 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-Semetic. 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.

I truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended. I hope this better explains the situation and my point of view.

With love,

Ben

PS – Out of a negative can come a positive. Through this situation I’ve got hip to some incredible groups like the ADL and I encourage people to check the great work they, and others like them, do: http://www.adl.org

 

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  • Brooklyn Stoop

    lol

    dude saying “Through this situation I’ve got hip to some incredible groups like the ADL” is like Mike Vick saying “Through this situation I’ve got hip to some incredible groups like PETA”

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  • DC King Of Hearts

    Humpty Hump tho..That’s who you thought you looked like? Shock G need to come outta nowhere and smack the blue out your eyes

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  • Arrie Mental Woodard

    if he nothing to apologize for when he made the first twitter statement then why apologize now…. stick to your guns!!!!

  • I applaud on him on his apology. We’ve come too far to still discriminate or make a mockery of a group of people’s culture. It’s ironic that a rapper is making an apology about mocking a group of people’s culture. Honestly, all MAINSTREAM hip hop is is a mockery of the black culture.

    All MAINSTREAM hip hop artists should apologize to black people for performing a mockery of their culture. Unfortunately, they will never do this because black people will never force them to apologize.

    I applaud Jewish people. They stick together. They are only 1% of the American population, but they’re 60% of the people who own banks, the entertainment industry, and the courts. As such, when someone makes a mockery of their culture, they make sure they express their dissatisfaction. Kudos to their community.

    The black community needs to have the same grit and toughness. Lets stop allowing mainstream hip hop sabotage our culture. America’s culture will be better if we have a vivacious and flourishing black culture.