“I Had No Idea…”

The Accidental Theologist

macklemore2 There’s a back story to this post.  I was asked to write it yesterday by Seattle’s alternative paper The Stranger .  Specifically, they asked for some “historical perspective” to singer Macklemore’s perverse twist on wardrobe malfunction onstage last Friday night, when he decided it’d be cool to perform in what’s sold in variety stores as a “ Sheik/Fagin mask ,” huge hook nose and all.

When the shit hit the fan, the Seattle-born Macklemore said his get-up was merely a “witch mask” and there was nothing anti-Semitic about it.  This morning, Tuesday, he finally issued an apology: “I had no idea,” he said.  And later this morning, despite huge numbers of comments on its coverage, The Stranger decided that “this story is over.”

I disagree, so am posting what I wrote right here:

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For years I thought of myself as a wandering Jew. I moved not just between cities…

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