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Macklemore denounces his old haircut after neo-Nazis widely adopt it

Macklemore no longer has the hair of a Nazi.


Jay Hathaway

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 15, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:28 pm CDT

As much as you may wish he’d Mackle less, rapper Macklemore is a pretty good sport. He rejected his old signature haircut on Tuesday after a well-known Twitter prankster pointed out it’s been widely adopted by white supremacists.

“macklemore hair seems to be the chosen haircut of the racists now. i call on to get online and denounce his own haircut,” tweeted internet jokester Jon “@fart” Hendren, known for pranks like sending Pitbull to a Walmart in Alaska and going on TV to discuss Edward Scissorhands instead of Edward Snowden.

The call for a man to denounce his own hair was a little tongue-in-cheek, because Macklemore is an outspoken liberal and a supporter of Black Lives Matter, hardly a Nazi sympathizer. He certainly didn’t inspire the “fashy” haircut neo-Nazis and alt-righters like Richard Spencer wear today—it was popular with the Nazi youth of the 1930s and ’40s—but it’s hard to ignore the similarities between their hairstyles and Mack’s old ‘do.

When you realize your hair is making you a Nazi style icon, the thing to do is give it up. And, to his credit, that’s exactly what Macklemore did. He now sports a more nondescript buzz cut.

He didn’t exactly “denounce” his old hair, but he distanced himself from it. For Weird Twitter, that was a win. They got a celebrity who many see as a joke to take a silly tweet seriously, and they got to mock Nazis at the same time. Dozens of “thank you, Macklemore” tweets (and one “thanklemore mack you”) were immediately posted.

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Thank you, Macklemore.

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*First Published: Aug 15, 2017, 5:28 pm CDT