Macklemore Angers Fans By Wearing Jewish Stereotype Costume At Concert

Mon, May 19, 2014 4:10pm EST by 7 Comments
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Macklemore may be all for ‘Same Love’ but it looks like he’s still got a lot to learn when it comes to respecting people who are different from him. The rapper is in hot water after he donned a costume resembling a collection of offensive Jewish stereotypes at a concert in Seattle on May 16.

Fans who stopped by Seattle’s EMP Museum for the opening of a new exhibit on May 16 got to see a surprise performance from award-winning artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The crowd seemed to enjoy the show at the time, but once photos from that night of Macklemore in a dark wig, beard and oversized prosthetic nose started surfacing online, fans quickly grew furious over what they saw as an offensive, anti-Semitic costume. Macklemore has since denied that his concert costume was a Jewish stereotype, but critics – including Seth Rogen – remain skeptical.

Macklemore’s Jewish Stereotype Costume: His Controversial Disguise At Concert


Macklemore’s costume, which was described by the Daily Dot as “some kind of Jewish caricature, prosthetic schnozz included,” is stirring up a lot of controversy on Twitter. 

Fans seem to feel that the rapper was undeniably mocking Jewish stereotypes with his wig, fake beard and prosthetic nose, and it’s hard to argue with them.

Macklemore, who is not Jewish, didn’t even bother to explain the meaning behind his costume during his performance, which was part of the opening of a new exhibit at Seattle’s EMP Museum called “Spectacle: The Music Video.”

Now the rapper has a lot of angry fans on his hands — some of them famous.

Macklemore Angers Seth Rogen, Denies Mocking Jewish Stereotypes With Concert Costume

Seth Rogen, who is Jewish, wasn’t a fan of Macklemore’s costume — or the rapper’s defense against the backlash. Seth took to his Twitter on May 18 to say:

The next day, Macklemore finally responded to the controversy by tweeting:

However, Seth and other fans still have doubts about the rapper’s true intentions. Seth fired back on May 19:

So what do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Were you offended by Macklemore’s costume? Let us know!

– Tierney McAfee

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Chris

Posted at 11:29 PM on May 23, 2014  

why shouldn’t he be able to be comedic … look @ Don Rickles (jew) ! !

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Shannon Crandell

Posted at 9:35 AM on May 20, 2014  

Damm it’s just a costume we all wear them from time to time and they offend someone out there from time to time but it doesn’t always mean anything people tend to make a big hoopla out of someone just having fun. I mean really your not MackLamore and don’t know what his thoughts where when choosing his stage outfits I dint know my self but I’m sure he didn’t go like I think I’m gonna go on stage and offend the Jewish folks tonight. But as they say any publicity is good publicity. His names on your brain and his name come out your mouth. Any how that’s my thoughts on that maybe he’s wearing your grandpa’s cloths cause he went thrift shopping.

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Rich

Posted at 5:35 PM on May 19, 2014  

I hope he was not performing Rich Girl. But seriously I am Jewish and the image alone does not offend me. What would matter to me is what he was saying while wearing that outfit. does he have an agenda I wonder. The look actually reminds me of The guy who did The Humpty Dance. If anyone laughs when seeing him they are not laughing at Jews but at silly looking people with bad fashion sense. Anyway if we want to avoid Jewish stereotypes then lets ban Oliver Twist the musical Oliver Shakespeare.’s Merchant of Venice and stand up comedy by jackie Mason.

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blowoff2014

Posted at 7:58 PM on May 19, 2014  

And you buy his explanation that he doesn’t think it’s a stereotype, it was a “random” costume?

If you’re Jewish and it doesn’t offend you, you are ignorant of Jewish history.

It’s exactly what a Nazi caricature of a Jew looks like.

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Dee

Posted at 5:14 AM on May 20, 2014  

Seth Rogen? Would that be the same Seth Rogen who once told Terry Gross’s NPR that there are “not a lot of hot Jews”, concurring with his friend Evan Goldberg’s statement that “Usually the Jew gene brings you down a notch” [in terms of looks].

The difference between Seth Rogen and Macklemore is that Rogen is a repeat offender with an audience of millions, as opposed to Macklemore, who dressed up once for a private show and didn’t even mention Jews. Oh, and Rogen has presumed credibility on this, since he’s Jewish himself.

And what about you, mainstream media? The media seems to delight in printing that rotund Jewish comedians like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill are Jewish. But they don’t seem to show any enthusiasm whatsoever for printing that attractive Jewish actors like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Logan Lerman are Jewish (in fact, in the about 5 years that he’s been somewhat famous, mainstream publications have mentioned that Lerman is Jewish exactly zero [0] times. You’d think he was grown on a tree in California, instead of being the grandson of Holocaust refugees on both sides of his family, which is what he is).

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BEYFLAWLESS

Posted at 5:30 PM on May 19, 2014  

he could be humped the raper who wear that

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