Macklemore Accused of Anti-Semitism Due to Stage Attire
Tue, 20 May 2014 11:43:19
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Rapper Macklemore, known for his outrageous fashion sense and for popping tags at thrift shops, was accused of anti-Semitism, thanks to his attire at a performance at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington on Friday, May 16.
Mack was decked out with a large prosthetic nose, a beard and a black wig, and that set off the critics and the criticism, which suggested he was lampooning Jews and pushing a Jewish stereotype.
Macklemore shut down the criticism that ensued with a response on Twitter, saying he didn't see it as any sort of stereotype and that it was a random costume. His tweet is posted below.
A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.— Macklemore (@macklemore) May 19, 2014
Additionally, Mack's music partner Ryan Lewis has been working to raise awareness of and support for HIV, since his mother Julie is a 30-year HIV survivor. Last month, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis spoke out in support of the 30/30 Project and have raised over $130,000 from fans and supporters.
The project, founded by Julie Lewis, seeks to build medical centers worldwide in communities impacted by HIV/AIDS that will sustain for at least 30 years.
Those who wish to learn more about the 30/30 Project should visit indiegogo.com, where incentive based donations are being accepted.
Given Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' support of so many social issues, we think his costume was taken out of context.
What do you think of the attire drama that ensued and Macklemore's subsequent reply?