- The Washington Times - Monday, May 19, 2014

Macklemore is being branded an anti-Semite after he dressed up as what looked like a Jewish stereotype during a performance in Seattle.

The rapper is denying any ill will after he donned a large prosthetic nose and a fake black beard as he performed “Thrift Shop” at the Experience Music Project Museum on Friday night.

Social media users and fellow celebrities blasted the Grammy winner for the “offensive” display.

“Super unsurprised that Seattlites didn’t think Macklemore’s Jewish costume was offensive,” tweeted freelance writer Michael Barthel.

“Neighbors” actor Seth Rogentweeted: “First you trick people into thinking you’re a rapper, now you trick them into thinking you’re Jewish?”

Some Twitter users pointed out a comment from Macklemore in 2013, in which he said he’s “got hella good Jewish homies.”

But Macklemore denies his disguise had anything to do with mocking Jews.

“A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody,” he said Monday.



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