In Seattle on Friday, Macklemore, 2013’s Snow, performed a secret show dressed, for no apparent reason, in a rather offensive costume. The rapper took the stage in a dark wig with a fake nose and a glued-on beard, which many interpreted as a Jewish stereotype. After photos of Macklemore’s costume spread online, many began admonishing him.
— Ian de Borja (@idb1204) May 19, 2014
that's Macklemore on the right as a Jewish caricature pic.twitter.com/e7a0s6D7jC
— Ayesha A. Siddiqi (@pushinghoops) May 18, 2014
Even Seth Rogen got in on the action.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 18, 2014
But for his part, Macklemore claims the costume was not meant to stereotype.
A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.
— Macklemore (@macklemore) May 19, 2014
Why, then, he would wear this is anyone’s guess. Ryan Lewis, who did not dress in an offensive costume, remained crazy hot.