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 Friday’s 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.”
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 “Same 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.