Over the weekend, Fraggle Rock’s #1 rapper and Phil and Lil’s long-lost triplet from Rugrats wore that messy costume to a show at the EMP Museum in Seattle and as Mel Gibson gave him a “well played” slow clap, many people, including Seth Rogen, squatted and shat on him for doing himself up as a Jewish caricature to rap out a song about saving money. Shortly after Macklewhore got hate for his anti-Semitic drag act, he tweeted that it was just a random costume, and last night he wet farted out a long explanation where he said that it wasn’t his intention to make fun of Jews and he just wanted to wear a stupid disguise. Macklewhore wasn’t trying to clown on Jews, he just doesn’t know what Jewish caricatures look like. While his high school history teacher was teaching the class about Nazi caricatures, he was busy staring at the puddle of drool that dripped out of the side his mouth onto his desk. That’s all.
Macklemore started his statement by saying that he wanted to show up to the EMP Museum show in a disguise and so he put one together using a random wig and a huge nose he bought at a costume shop. When Macklemore looked in the mirror, he saw Ringo Starr and Abe Lincoln (???) and nobody told him this wasn’t a good idea.
As it turns out the fake noses they sell at the costume store are usually big (my nose didn’t fit most of them). So I ended up with a big witch nose. I went with a black beard, because that’s the furthest color from my natural hair. Disguise was the intention. I personally thought I looked very ambiguous in terms of any “type” of person. Some people there thought I looked like Ringo, some Abe Lincoln. If anything I thought I looked like Humpty Hump with a bowl cut.
We showed up to the event, I hit the stage in the outfit, rocked two songs, took pictures and went home. We had a great time and it was fun to be a surprise guest in a costume. I’ve always loved dressing up and have been doing so my entire career. The character I dressed up as on Friday had no intended cultural identity or background. I wasn’t attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one. A “Jewish stereotype” never crossed my mind.
Now that he mentions it, he kind of does look like Humpy Hump with a bowl cut and that’s the closest he’s ever come to being hip hop. But seriously, Macklemore went on to explain this mess some more and it sounds like he’s more concerned with ruining his G-rated image as your second grader’s favorite rapper.
My intention was to dress up and surprise the people at the show with a random costume and nothing more. 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. 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 will let my body of work and the causes for which I’ve supported speak for themselves. I hope that anyone who may question my intent take a few moments to discover the human and artist that I strive to be. I respect all cultures and all people. 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.
I truly apologize to anybody that I may have offended. I hope this better explains the situation and my point of view.
Anna from The Slog went to the costume shop in Seattle where Macklewhore bought that random “witch nose.” He didn’t buy a “witch nose,” he bought a “Sheik/Fagin” nose. EXPOSE that whore! But whatever, this is a non-troversy. When Macklemore was in the 3rd grade, he thought he was Jewish, so it’s okay.