Critics say the costume, which also included a black mop-top wig, made the rapper resemble an anti-Semitic caricature.
Macklemore donned the outfit during a surprise concert at Seattle’s EMP Museum on Friday. After a weekend of complaints, he assured fans on Twitter Monday that any resemblance between his costume and stereotypes of Jews from Nazi propaganda was purely a coincidence.
On Monday night, Macklemore posted a lengthy apology on his website.
“My intention was to dress up and surprise the people at the show with a random costume and nothing more,” he wrote. “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 [sic].”
Macklemore admitted that the outfit “could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature,” but emphasized that that was not his intention.
“I truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended,” he finished, while directing fans to the website of the Anti-Defamation League.
Sample the collective Twitter outrage below. This is likely the first issue Seth Rogen and Michelle Malkin agree on:
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