The half of the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis sought to defuse criticism on social media that the
costume he chose to wear to a Seattle museum event last Friday
was anti-Semitic - with its large nose, black beard and wig.
After Macklemore tweeted that it was a random costume, actor
Seth Rogen, who is Jewish, tweeted back "really?? Because if I
told someone to put together an anti Semitic Jew costume, they'd
have that exact shopping list."
In his statement, Macklemore said he was "absolutely not the
person described in certain headlines today" and went on to
explain how he chose the disguise to blend in with the crowd
before his performance.
"I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of
stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature," said the
30-year-old rapper whose real name is Ben Haggerty.
"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."
The rapper, who won plaudits for backing gay rights through the
duo's hit song "Same Love," ended his statement by saying "I
truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended" and urged
people to check out the work of the Anti-Defamation League that
has fought anti-Semitism since 1913.
(Reporting by Mary Milliken; Editing by Paul Simao)
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