Macklemore On Anti-Semitism Claims

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Oy Vey!

A simple disguise caused an uproar this past weekend. During the “Spectacle: The Music Video” exhibition on Friday, Macklemore performed in a costume which some determined to be a Jewish stereotype. Earlier today he addressed the issue with the following statement.

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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  • The Incredible Creation
  • THE REAL mac DIESEL

    SHAME ON YOU ELVIS!!!!

    ……….HA!!!! WHERE’S B.DOT’S BITCH ASS AT TO DEFEND HIS FAVORITE WHITE BOY???

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

    • youngtune410

      Bruh no one would have reason to hate on your opinion if you weren’t so goddam annoying on EVERY SINGLE POST and always capitalizing shit when I read ya comments I hear meek mills voice btw

      DONT HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

      • Dan Karlin

        I always hear Stinkmeaner from ‘The Boondocks’.

      • q dot

        yeah hahaha this dude is sooooo annnoying. DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION! lets hate before we hear it

      • GetReal

        he’s a clown created by rap radar to make the comments controversial i don’t wanna believe that a person is really this much of a clown in real life

  • C

    macklemore is too liberal to be a antisemetic. Who really cares tho, at the end of the day the jew still win since they control the music industry

  • Dan Karlin

    Ugh. The “I’m Offended” generation is the fucking WORST.

  • Carlos Danger

    well it looks like what it looks like to who looking for what it looks like,

  • Timbo

    this fake needs to just come out and be himself.. jew hating gay hating self… must be hard to pretend all the time…
    that thrift shop gimmick sh!t still cracks me up
    #fraudlife

    • diggz

      wow you are the fuckin hater

  • GreenBergs

    i fucking hate this silly faggot, bdot loves it in the ass apparently cuz he supported him from day 1….smfh i cant imagine the uproar if dude tried to come out with a “black” stereotypical costume …

    • RATEDR4REAL

      what blacks got to do with this crap first off? Second…. black face was used when blacks couldn’t portray themselves in entertainment…thats why people dressed up as blacks is offensive…

      • GreenBergs

        Cuz all u black faggots support macklemore..and his queer partner

    • Jesuspiece

      You’re a fucking idiot. Everyone who reads your comment sees it. No need to argue, anything further you say will just make you look like more of a fucking idiot.

      • GreenBergs

        Lol if dude tried coming out dressed up as leeroy brown with overalls on and a piece of hay in his mouth there would be a much bigger deal being made about this..

      • fssdfsdf

        yeah this guy is a total fucking tool. It’s ok haters like this go NO WHERE in life. He’s somewhere in a cubacle or working at mcdonalds.

  • RATEDR4REAL

    …..jewish bitches suck the best dick…….n yes I’m black…..

  • Kr

    God used Adam’s feces to create Jews.

  • PTK

    I don’t know if I’m more offended by this idiot performing in this costume or by his “aw shucks” apology.

  • TeF

    Damn, *looking at watch*, it didn’t take long for the media to try and turn on this cat. LOL. Either you a die a hero or live long enough to become the villain. He had to make a song admitting that he thought he was gay and marry 30+ gay couples on an award show to get the media on his nuts, he might actually have to fuck a dude to stay in their good graces. Lmao!