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Macklemore apologises for costume

This Is Local London: Macklemore (left) apologised for any fuss caused by his costume at a recent gig Macklemore (left) apologised for any fuss caused by his costume at a recent gig

Rapper Macklemore has posted an apology on his website saying he didn't mean to mock Jewish people by wearing a costume that some say was anti-Semitic during a performance in Seattle last week.

Macklemore wrote that he randomly chose the pieces of the costume he wore at the performance so that he could disguise himself and move freely around during the secret show. He said it wasn't meant to be a caricature of a Jewish man.

"I respect all cultures and all people," he wrote. "I would never intentionally put down anybody for the fabric that makes them who they are. I love human beings, love originality, and ... happen to love a weird outfit from time to time."

Grammy Award winners Macklemore And Ryan Lewis made the appearance at the EMP Museum in their hometown to help celebrate the debut of a new exhibition.

Photos from the concert show Macklemore wearing a black wig and beard and a fake hooked nose. Macklemore and Lewis gained widespread fame with a message supporting diversity, and their hit song One Love calls for tolerance and support for members of the gay community.

The two performed the song at January's Grammy Awards while several same-sex couples were married, and they have been lauded for their progressive messages.

Lewis and his mother appeared on Anderson Cooper's show on CNN to talk about their HIV-Aids charity efforts before Macklemore posted his message. In a postscript, the rapper pointed out the work of the Anti-Defamation League, providing a link to the group's website. The ADL was formed to fight anti-Semitism.

Macklemore said he understood his detractors' point of view.

"I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature," he wrote. "I am here to say that it was not, 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."

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10:33am Tue 20 May 14

displayed says...

"their hit song One Love calls for tolerance and support for members of the gay community."

Whats that gotta do with sticking his nose into antisemitism........
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One is faith, the other a false belief!
"their hit song One Love calls for tolerance and support for members of the gay community." Whats that gotta do with sticking his nose into antisemitism........ ... One is faith, the other a false belief! displayed
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10:36am Tue 20 May 14

displayed says...

"Macklemore wearing a black wig and beard and a fake hooked nose."

"I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature,"

Oh, so thats why he chose to wear it then!
"Macklemore wearing a black wig and beard and a fake hooked nose." "I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature," Oh, so thats why he chose to wear it then! displayed
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10:45am Tue 20 May 14

displayed says...

Its called "Same Love", not "One love"
http://www.azlyrics.
com/lyrics/macklemor
e/samelove.html

"My love, She keeps me warm"

Who is "she"?
Its called "Same Love", not "One love" http://www.azlyrics. com/lyrics/macklemor e/samelove.html "My love, She keeps me warm" Who is "she"? displayed
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10:38am Wed 21 May 14

hemelhorn87 says...

displayed wrote:
Its called "Same Love", not "One love"
http://www.azlyrics.

com/lyrics/macklemor

e/samelove.html

"My love, She keeps me warm"

Who is "she"?
That bit is sung by a woman
[quote][p][bold]displayed[/bold] wrote: Its called "Same Love", not "One love" http://www.azlyrics. com/lyrics/macklemor e/samelove.html "My love, She keeps me warm" Who is "she"?[/p][/quote]That bit is sung by a woman hemelhorn87
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