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    Macklemore, the Grammy Winning Rapper, Is a 9/11 Truther Who Likes to Play Anti-Semitic Dress-Up

    The rapper achieved fame and fortune preaching acceptance, before buying into some weird conspiracy theories. Now he's dressed up in an anti-Semitic costume. What's going on?
    Macklemore, the four-time Grammy Award winning rapper formerly known as Ben Haggerty, has said and done some stupid things in the past.

    He’s a 9/11 truther who, on the track “Bush Song” off his 2005 EP The Language of My World, rapped the following: “Where’s Dick Cheney at? Probably off in Iraq / Findin’ some oil to tap, tell ’em I got up on that / And y’all still think it was bin Laden / When it was us and the Masons, plottin’ on oil profits.” The 30-year-old followed that doozy up with the following tweet, which he unleashed in 2009:

    Then, after beating out (the far superior) Kendrick Lamar for Best Rap Album at the Grammys, he decided to share his “apology” text to the Compton MC with the rest of the world on Instagram. None other than Drake felt the tacky move was “wack as fuck” and “didn’t feel genuine.”

    On Friday night, Macklemore decided to surprise his hometown fans by making a special appearance at Seattle’s Experience Music Project… as an anti-Semitic Jewish caricature, sporting a giant prosthetic hooked nose, dark beard, and bowl cut wig.

    It’s truly bizarre to see the rapper, who achieved fame and fortune on the back of his gay rights anthem “Same Love,” commit such a startling gaffe. Macklemore has, after all, claimed to have “hella good Jewish homies,” and even played the shofar, a ram’s horn blown on the Jewish high holidays, to promote the VMAs.

    That may be why few fans seemed outwardly perturbed by his Jew costume during the performance. Or maybe they were blinded with excitement from witnessing a cameo by their hometown hero. Either way, once photos of his strange getup reached the Internet, members of the Twitterverse began calling Macklemore out on his blunder, including actor-filmmaker Seth Rogen:

    But the “Thrift Shop” rapper initially seemed shocked that people could somehow interpret his get-up as offensive. In response to the charges that he was, you know, actively embodying an image of Jews that was uncomfortably similar to what the Nazis propagated, he tweeted the following:

    “A fake witches nose, wig, and beard?” Dude.
    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

  • #2
    It will interesting to see if this gets real traction. Black rappers often use demeaning language to describe Jews and that never goes anywhere.
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."


    • #3
      I'm really disappointed in him.

      On a funny note, I thought I'd show this to everybody.

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      • #4
        consider the source
        The year's at the spring
        And day's at the morn;
        Morning's at seven;
        The hill-side's dew-pearled;
        The lark's on the wing;
        The snail's on the thorn:
        God's in his heaven—
        All's right with the world!