Macklemore made a curious costume choice that now has the Seattle rapper denying reports that he’s anti-Semitic.
A secret Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performance at Seattle’s EMP museum last Friday (May 16) is what caused all of the controversy. The 30-year-old spitter wore a large prosthetic nose, beard, wig and suit deemed by the website Gawker.com as “the stereotype of a hook-nosed Jewish man.”
The photos earned the “Same Love” rhymer lots of backlash, all of which he says is unwarranted. Mack claims the outfit wasn’t meant to make fun of the Jewish community, tweeting over the weekend, “A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.”
As Spin.com pointed out, there may be some truth to his story. Since he and Lewis were surprise guests, Mack wanted to go under the radar, at least until he took the stage.
However, if his intentions were to initially go unnoticed, the multi-Grammy winner never explained why he didn’t remove the actual costume once he took the stage. Based on a review of the show, stripping off the fake look would’ve done him some good. According to Seattle Weekly, Mack “looked a little like he was melting” by the end of the 15-minute set.