updated 05/20/2014 AT 10:30 AM ET
•originally published 05/19/2014 AT 6:30 PM ET
Critics say the costume, which also included a black mop-top wig, made the rapper resemble an anti-Semitic caricature.
Macklemore donned the outfit during a surprise concert at Seattle’s EMP Museum on Friday. After a weekend of complaints, he assured fans on Twitter Monday that any resemblance between his costume and stereotypes of Jews from Nazi propaganda was purely a coincidence.
A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.
Macklemore (@macklemore) May 19, 2014
On Monday night, Macklemore posted a lengthy apology on his website.
“My intention was to dress up and surprise the people at the show with a random costume and nothing more,” he wrote. “Thus, it was surprising and disappointing that the images of a disguise were sensationalized leading to the immediate assertion that my costume was anti-Semetic [sic].”
Macklemore admitted that the outfit “could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature,” but emphasized that that was not his intention.
“I truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended,” he finished, while directing fans to the website of the Anti-Defamation League.
Sample the collective Twitter outrage below. This is likely the first issue Seth Rogen and Michelle Malkin agree on:
Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 18, 2014
Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 19, 2014
for those who don’t know, @macklemore performed Thrift Shop dressed as a racist Jewish stereotype. idiot.
josh king (@chompsk1) May 19, 2014
Ian de Borja (@idb1204) May 19, 2014
Macklemore: “No no, let me take off my wig to prove that I’m not exploiting Jewish stereotypes!” [reveals Hitler Youth haircut]
Ross Luippold (@rossluippold) May 19, 2014
“nah im not anti-semitic, when i was in the third grade i had hella jewish homies” -macklemore probably
mens rights activist (@champagnexmamii) May 19, 2014
Macklemore - Preaches same love… wears sterotypical jewish costume while singing a song about saving money. Smooth man, real smooth.
low-class MADvillain (@rosscoeswetsuit) May 19, 2014
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