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Macklemore costume: Anti-Semitic stereotype or harmless fun?
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Macklemore costume: Anti-Semitic stereotype or harmless fun?

Macklemore costume: Anti-Semitic stereotype or harmless fun?
Macklemore surprised a crowd at the EMP Friday night with an impromptu performance.

Macklemore costume: Anti-Semitic stereotype or harmless fun?

This weekend, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis surprised fans in their hometown of Seattle by performing at the Experience Music Project Museum for the kickoff for the "Spectacle: The Music Video" exhibit.

Macklemore donned a wig, beard and a big fake nose — leading to headlines wondering if he crossed a line into anti-Semitism. (Via The Jerusalem PostBustle

But as AllHipHop points out, when it comes to the fans, most of the backlash came after the concert. "Most in attendance didn't seem offended, as there was no visceral response from the crowd. Most people that felt emotionally about the performance expressed it on social media."

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That's the truth — Twitter just about went up in flames. 

"​So much for same love, eh?" (Via Twitter / @idb1204

"​What a sick joke this guy is." (Via Twitter / @jdmagness)

For the record, Macklemore is not Jewish, and once he realized he was the talk of the town, the rapper hopped on his own Twitter account to try to smooth things over.  

"A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody." (Via Twitter / @Macklemore

And a writer for Seattle Weekly didn't seem to see anything odd with the getup either, chalking it up to an attempt to keep from getting "mobbed." After all, he was a surprise guest. 

Regardless of what the intention was, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have another show coming up on May 25 in Las Vegas. And as Billboard puts it, "It's a safe bet that his new costume will not be joining the duo on the road."

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