Macklemore apologized for his controversial outfit that some claimed perpetuated offensive Jewish stereotypes.
“The character I dressed up as had no intended cultural identity or background,” the rapper wrote on his website late Monday. “I wasn’t attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one. A ‘Jewish stereotype’ never crossed my mind.”
The rapper made a surprise performance at the EMP Museum in Seattle on Friday dressed in a fake nose, wig and beard.
“Some people there thought I looked like Ringo, some Abe Lincoln. If anything I thought I looked like Humpty Hump with a bowl cut,” he added.
“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). I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature. I am here to say that it was absolutely not my intention, and unfortunately at the time I did not foresee the costume to be viewed in such regard. I’m saddened that this story, or any of my choices, would lead to any form of negativity.”
“I truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended I hope this better explains the situation and my point of view,” he concluded.
The rapper urged fans to check out the Anti-Defamation League.
“Through this situation I’ve got hip to some incredible groups like the ADL and I encourage people to check the great work they, and others like them, do: http://www.adl.org“