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Macklemore apologizes for costume perceived as anti-Semitic

(JTA) — The rapper Macklemore apologized for wearing a costume that was perceived as anti-Semitic.

The popular musician appeared at Seattle’s EMP Museum on Friday wearing a dark suit, a bushy brown wig and beard, and a large prosthetic nose. The performance was part of the opening for the museum’s exhibit “Spectacle: The Music Video.” During the course of his set, he performed his hit song “Thrift Shop.

On his website Monday, Macklemore wrote that “my intention was to dress up and surprise the people at the show with a random costume and nothing more.”

Macklemore reportedly had offered no on-stage explanation for his costume during the performance, and the costume attracted no negative comment from the audience.

His outfit drew a number of comments online and on Twitter, however, from observers suggesting that it was anti-Semitic. The Daily Dot website described the costume as “some kind of Jewish caricature, prosthetic schnozz included.”

Macklemore wrote on his website, “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 truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended.”

 

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