Macklemore & Ryan Lewis treated their hometown Seattle fans a huge treat on Friday by playing a secret gig at the Experience Music Project museum in support of a new exhibit called “Spectacle: The Music Video.”
The real spectacle, though, was the strange costume Macklemore wore during the show, which included a black wig and matching bushy beard and large prosthetic nose. The look raised some eyebrows from fans and local observers, who suggested that the character looked like an anti-Semitic Jewish stereotype.
— JD MAGNESS (@jdmagness) May 18, 2014
Super unsurprised that Seattlites didn't think Macklemore's Jewish costume was offensive http://t.co/FJyzzgFnPp
— Michael Barthel (@michaelbarthel) May 18, 2014
One fan wondered if it was no big deal, because perhaps Macklemore, 30 (born Ben Haggerty) is Jewish, a question the rapper answered last year.
— Macklemore (@macklemore) April 21, 2013
Then, on Monday morning (May 19), Mack himself finally addressed the controversy, denying that he was dressed as a stereotype and saying it was just a “random” costume.
A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.
— Macklemore (@macklemore) May 19, 2014