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Macklemore’s Clueless Twitter Responses to His Anti-Semitic Costume

Read Macklemore’s ill-considered tweets in defense of his racially insensitive onstage attire at a recent Seattle show. 

I don’t have enough time to articulate a coherent argument for this, but I am not surprised to see this kind of response from someone from the PNW.

I grew up with Jewish family members and in various fairly Jewish neighborhoods in western NY (ie maybe just under half of my friends, teachers, neighbors were Jewish, growing up), and I was SHOCKED when I moved to the PNW to hear people making all kinds of jokes about Jewish people, Nazis, the holocaust, “Jew gold”, etc etc etc

if someone where I grew up in NY had publicly made a joke about a Jewish kid “hoarding her Jew gold”, the entire room would have immediately gone into a stunned silence. that “joking” kid would have been rounded off to the principal’s office or master bedroom for punishment and a long, lonnnng talking-to. they probably woulda lost two-thirds of their friends and acquaintances.

people in the PNW have absolutely *no* concept of what anti-semitism is and why it’s not a joke and why it’s not okay. 

and I’m not saying that in a “they don’t know it’s bad so they’re not to blame” way, I’m saying that in a “PNWers are dangerously, horrendously ignorant about Jewish people and Judaism and are casually anti-semitic every damn day” kinda way

so yeah I’d bet you just about anything that Macklemore grew up hearing and making those kinds of jokes — *to and around the handful of Jewish people he knew* — and not really making the connection between *why* he would find a costume of someone with garish clothes, a “fake witches nose, wig, and beard” funny, and what those symbols pretty fucking obviously represent

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