Rabbi Macklemore: Random Costume or Jewish Stereotype?

21 May

This past Friday night, mainstream rapper Macklemore had a performance in Seattle for which he chose a curious wardrobe – a black wig and beard, a large prosthetic nose, and a black jacket. This provoked some controversy about whether his outfit was meant to portray the stereotype of an Orthodox Jew. Some even claimed that his look was reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. Macklemore responded to some upset on Twitter by writing, “A fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.”

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Macklemore, right, dressed up in a wig, fake beard, and prosthetic nose

 

What do you think? “Random costume” or Jewish stereotype? If you think he deliberately was trying to portray a Jewish stereotype, do you find it offensive? Let us know your thoughts in a comment.

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