Macklemore Responds to Twitter User After Being Asked to Denounce "Haircut of the Racists"

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Macklemore performing in May of this year

Much ado about an old 'do.

In addition to being known for his hit singles "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love," American rapper Macklemore is apparently recognized by some for having a "Hitler Youth" haircut — long on top and shaved on the sides.

The term for that hairstyle was first brought to light in a New York Times article published in 2011, notes BuzzFeed. In 2016, The Washington Post also reported that the haircut has long been associated with Nazis and white supremacists.

And on Tuesday, someone took to Twitter to call out Macklemore for sporting such a 'do. Jon Hendren, whose handle is @fart, pointed out that Macklemore (nee Ben Haggerty) has "the chosen haircut of the racists." Hendren then asked the performer to "get online and denounce his own haircut." 

To which Macklemore responded, "Got rid of it over a year ago."

Indeed, a quick search on Getty Images shows the rapper now sporting a buzz cut. A number of followers thanked him for his decision, with one fan writing, "He mackled less, for our sake."

Hendren's mention of Macklemore's old mane comes a few days after the horrific events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalist, neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan members protested over the city council's decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

Though Macklemore has stayed relatively mum surrounding about the news, he did retweet writer and civil rights activist Shaun King's tweet honoring 32-year-old "American martyr" Heather Heyer, who died after a white supremacist drove into a group of anti-racist protestors.

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