Macklemore published an apology on his website for the seemingly ethnic costume he wore to a performance on Friday. In the blog post, he says again that it wasn’t his intention to “mimic any culture, nor resemble one” with his outfit choice. The costume was a disguise so that he could sneak into the venue for a surprise show at the EMP Museum.
“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 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.”
He says he was shooting for “Humpty Hump with a bowl cut.”
The apology’s postscript includes a link to the Anti-Defamation League, so we can all “get hip” to that.