Rapper Macklemore plays dress up, lands in hot water

May 19, 2014 Updated: May 19, 2014 at 1:19 pm
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A costumed Macklemore performed at the opening night of an exhibition at Seattle's EMP Museum. His costume choice has become A Thing. Photo by Suzi Pratt/FilmMagic via NPR.

For a guy who makes such innocuous music, Macklemore must be the most oddly polarizing figure in music today. Imagine if Hootie and the Blowfish sparked , and you might get a sense of just where Mack resides in our pop cultural landscape.

Over the weekend, Macklemore gave a surprise performance at Seattle's EMP Museum, during which he performed his hit song, Playing at a safe, hometown venue while performing a song that even your hip-hop-averse auntie can sing the hook to? NBD, right?

Not for Macklemore, who for reasons that will make sense to absolutely no one, decided to ratchet up the degree of difficulty by performing while wearing a dark wig, big beard, and a fake hooked nose. We don't know what he was aiming for, but the effect looked an awful lot like a hoary old anti-Semitic Jewish caricature. (In case it matters, Macklemore isn't Jewish.)

Macklemore responded on Twitter: A Fake witches nose, wig, and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody.

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