Macklemore has come under fire today after fans reacted to an outfit he wore at a secret concert in his hometown of Seattle. He was dressed in a wig, fake beard and a fake nose which caused some people on social media to suggest that he was making fun of Jewish stereotypes. Celebrities like Seth Rogen took the rapper to task for his confusing choice of outfits which caused Macklemore to go on Twitter to defend himself:

He has now released an official statement on the costume on his blog, explaining that the incident caused a misunderstanding that he did not mean. He describes the process of finding the outfit:

As it turns out the fake noses they sell at the costume store are usually big (my nose didn’t fit most of them). So I ended up with a big witch nose. I went with a black beard, because that’s the furthest color from my natural hair. Disguise was the intention. I personally thought I looked very ambiguous in terms of any “type” of person. Some people there thought I looked like Ringo, some Abe Lincoln. If anything I thought I looked like Humpty Hump with a bowl cut.

He also states in the post that he does understand how the costume could have looked like a caricature, and offers a sincere apology as well.

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