When Costumes Go Bad: How Not to Dress for Success

Macklemore has found himself in hot water.

On May 16, when photos emerged of the 30-year-old Seattle rapper performing at the Experience Music Project Museum in a big fake nose and black wig and beard, many people took offense, accusing him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes. "First you trick people into thinking you're a rapper," tweeted actor Seth Rogen, "now you trick them into thinking you're Jewish?"

Macklemore issued a statement saying that he didn't intend to offend anyone, and that he didn't know the costume would be interpreted as it was. "If anything, I thought I looked like Humpty Hump with a bowl cut," he said. "Fake witches nose, wig and beard = random costume. Not my idea of a stereotype of anybody," he also tweeted.

But this isn't the first time a musician should have reconsidered before hitting the stage - or snuck out for a quick change.

Outkast - CBS apologized for the 2004 GRAMMYs show featuring war paint and teepees.

Chris Brown - In 2012, the singer and his crew dressed up like Taliban figthers at a Halloween party.

Keith Moon - The Who drummer regularly wore a German Nazi uniform in the 1970s.

Ted Nugent - The rocker often has donned Confederate flag shirts and an American-Indian headdress.

-Dave Bry


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