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Who thought this was a good idea?
I can’t pretend I’ve ever understood the appeal of Macklemore, but the rapper’s latest attempt at pop spectacle has me more befuddled than ever.
— Alex Japhet (@A_Japhet) May 17, 2014
this is so racist that seeing it is like wafting smelling salts under your nose pic.twitter.com/rZtvpXMFDe
— Degenerate Gandhi (@Bro_Pair) May 19, 2014
Seattle Weekly guessed that the Semitic “disguise” was meant to keep Macklemore from “being mobbed,” though given that his makeup had begun to melt by the end of his 15 minutes on stage, we rather doubt it. At any rate, he chose the look for himself:
— Lynn Jacobson (@lynnjacobson) May 17, 2014
Macklemore’s relationship with Judaism is an enduringly odd one: While some self-appointed experts claim he’s one of god’s Chosen people, the man himself denies such ancestry (while continuing, for some reason, to appropriate its signifiers).
— Macklemore (@macklemore) April 21, 2013
You can check out a full gallery of close-up concert photos from KOMO News over here. Just don’t expect them to reveal why this happened, or whether anyone in attendance was significantly offended. Could it be that no one in a city famed for its political correctness wanted to bother with backlash? If so, this weirdo is far more powerful than we feared.
— Rachelle Whitman ✈ (@artistpoint) May 17, 2014
Update: Since this story began getting traction, Macklemore has pleaded naïveté and suffered a third-degree burn courtesy of Seth Rogen. The best possible outcome, surely.
A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.
— Macklemore (@macklemore) May 19, 2014
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) May 18, 2014
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'