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May 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Macklemore’s costume was not Jewish

Macklemore in the costume that caused so much controversy, at a surprise performance at EMP Museum Friday, May 16, 2014. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

The world we live in today is diverse and beautiful. Individuals and groups adopt certain looks or styles of clothing to express who they are. Why then, is it wrong for an individual to dress one way or another?

Macklemore’s costume at his surprise show sparked lots of discussion on social media [“The Macklemore apology drops,” Music / Nightlife, May 19]. People believe his wig, fake beard and fake nose were anti-Semitic.

There is nothing particularly Jewish about his costume. There was no yarmulke, no prayer shawl. He didn’t speak Yiddish or do an impersonation. Yet people still find it offensive. His performance was meant to be a surprise, and at a costume party.

There was nothing obscene about his appearance. Let’s stop getting hung up on sensitivities and enjoy the music.

Nicole Apolonio, Seattle

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