On Friday night, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed a secret show in their hometown of Seattle to honor a new exhibit at the city's EMP Museum. This would have been completely unremarkable had Macklelmore not dressed up as the stereotype of a greedy, hook-nosed Jewish man.
— Seattle Refined (@SeattleRefined) May 17, 2014
— Ian de Borja (@idb1204) May 19, 2014
Though Macklemore is held up by many as a paragon of progressivism—think back to his celebrated Grammys performance in which dozens of gay couples were married, or him receiving a MTV Video Music Award for "Best Video With a Social Message"—he is in reality a massive doofus whose most celebrated song is propped up by flimsy logic like "when I was in third grade, I thought I was gay."
He's also a 9/11 truther:
911…bush knocked down the towers
— Macklemore (@macklemore) September 18, 2009
All of which is to say that Macklemore picking a costume that happens to be a deeply racist caricature isn't really all that surprising given his history of being an idiot. On a related note, here is his explanation of the costume:
A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.
— Macklemore (@macklemore) May 19, 2014
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