Macklemore Criticized for ‘Anti-Semitic’ Costume During ‘Thrift Shop’ Performance

Macklemore has come under fire — and hey, it’s not for something he rapped this time — after a recent performance that saw him don a costume while rapping breakthrough single “Thrift Shop.”

Video and photo evidence from the concert shows the rapper in a suit, wig, beard and large nose — looking suspiciously akin to a Jewish stereotype, with many calling it anti-Semitic.

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Since footage of the performance, which took place at the opening of a music video-centric exhibit at Seattle’s EMP Museum, found its way onto the Internet, Macklemore has been criticized for his choice of costume — which, according to Seattle Times journalist Lynn Jacobson in the caption of a photo from the concert, the rapper said he found after he “went to Costume Display,” adding that he felt “like a man for the first time today.”

A Vine taken by an attendee shows the rapper in the costume as well, with audio confirming the “Thrift Shop” performance.


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