Macklemore Sorry For 'Offensive' Costume
Rapper Macklemore has apologised for any offence caused after he wore a costume which some people described as anti-Semitic during a performance in Seattle.
The musician wrote on his website that he randomly chose the clothing so he could disguise himself and move freely around the during the secret show on Friday.
He said that it wasn't meant to be a caricature of a Jewish man.
"I respect all cultures and all people," he wrote. "I would never intentionally put down anybody for the fabric that makes them who they are. I love human beings, love originality, and ... happen to love a weird outfit from time to time."
Grammy Award winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made the appearance at the EMP Museum in their hometown to help celebrate the start of a new exhibition.
Photos from the concert show Macklemore wearing a black wig and beard and a fake hooked nose. Macklemore and Lewis gained widespread fame with a message supporting diversity, and their hit song One Love calls for tolerance and support for members of the gay community.
The two performed the song at January's Grammy Awards while several same-sex couples were married, and they have been lauded for their progressive messages.
Macklemore said he could see why his actions could be taken the wrong way.
"I acknowledge how the costume could, within a context of stereotyping, be ascribed to a Jewish caricature," he wrote.
"I am here to say that it was not absolutely not my intention, and unfortunately at the time I did not foresee the costume to be viewed in such regard. I'm saddened that this story, or any of my choices, would lead to any form of negativity."