Rapper wore outfit some claimed evoked Jewish stereotypes at recent live show
The Anti-Defamation League have accepted an apology issued by Macklemore after he was accused of anti-Semitism for performing a gig in fancy dress that some claimed evoked Jewish stereotypes.
The rapper appeared alongside Ryan Lewis at the launch of a new exhibition called ‘Spectacle: The Music Video’ at Seattle’s Experience Music Project museum on Friday (May 16). He arrived onstage for the 15-minute surprise gig wearing a prosthetic nose, and fake beard and wig.
However, the rapper subsequently issued an apology on his website, saying that he picked a costume at random so he could “go incognito” at the event and surprise fans when he got onstage. Read Macklemore’s full statement here.
The ADL, whose mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, issued their own statement in response to the apology with director Abe Foxman saying, “We welcome Macklemore’s apology for wearing a costume that, regardless of his motives, reminded many people of an antisemitic caricature.” Going on to add, “We take him at his word that he did not have any ill intent and unreservedly accept his apology.”
The ADL also noted Macklemore’s history of gay rights activism, with Foxman adding: “We know that Macklemore is someone who has used his platform in the past to stand up and speak out against intolerance and bigotry, particularly homophobia. With that in mind we believe that this matter is little more than ‘a tempest in a teapot’ over an unfortunate choice of wardrobe.”