At his performance in Seattle recently, Macklemore decided to wear a costume while performing his hit, “Thrift Shop.” He can be seen in photos and videos from the night in a suit, wig, beard and large nose. He seemed to be aiming to imitate a few stereotypes of a Jewish man.
Many are calling the performance anti-semitic; a pretty serious accusation. During the concert he said, he “went to Costume Display,” and added that he felt “like a man for the first time today.”
More controversy surrounds the fact that he wore the costume while singing a song about saving money. Whether or not the costume was intentional, or a mistake Macklemore should have seen just a slight problem in what he was doing and know that there is a lot of sensitivity when it comes to things like that.
Seth Rogen took to Twitter to lighten up the situation a bit. “Macklemore,” he wrote, “first you trick people into thinking you’re a rapper, now you trick them into thinking you’re Jewish?”
Calling him anti-semitic may be something else. The technical definition of an anti-semite is someone who hates Jewish people. It’s tough to say that by dressing the way he did (and as he claims, it was unintentional), Macklemore proclaimed his hatred for Jewish people.
He addressed the controversy today via Twitter: “A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.”