Macklemore & Lewis’ Macklemore posted a letter on the group’s website yesterday apologizing for wearing what some felt was an anti-Semitic costume during a performance in Seattle Friday. The rapper explained that he wanted to go “incognito” to the show so he looked for a “disguise.” When the fake noses he tried out were too large and didn’t fit him he “ended up with a big witch nose” and chose a black wig simply because it was a drastic difference from his natural hair color.
“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,” he wrote. “A ‘Jewish stereotype’ never crossed my mind.”
But even though he wasn’t trying to be offensive, he still apologized for upsetting people. “I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature,” he wrote. “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.”
Finally, Macklemore added, “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.” He also shared a link to the Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism, urging fans to “check out the great work they do.”