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Macklemore performs in a costume Friday in Seattle.
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Rapper apologizes for disguise

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Rapper Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday, saying he didn’t mean to mock Jewish people by wearing a costume that some say was anti-Semitic during a performance in Seattle last week.

Macklemore wrote that he randomly chose the pieces of the costume he wore at Friday’s performance so that he could disguise himself and move freely around during the secret show. He said it wasn’t meant to be a caricature of a Jewish man.

Photos from the concert show Macklemore wearing a black wig and beard and a fake hooked nose. Macklemore and music partner Ryan Lewis gained widespread fame with a message supporting diversity, and their hit song “Same Love” calls for tolerance and support for members of the gay community.

Peet pens book

Are you there, Santa? Amanda Peet is calling.

Random House Children’s Books announced Tuesday that it will release “Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein,” a picture book that the actress-playwright collaborated on with her friend Andrea Troyer. Publication is set for fall 2015.

The story revolves around a young Jewish girl who wonders why Santa doesn’t visit her house. According to a statement Peet issued through Random House, she was inspired by her two children, who asked why the family didn’t have a Christmas tree or holiday lights. Peet says she wanted to write about the feeling of being “left out.”

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Ron Isley is 73. Guitarist Hilton Valentine is 71. Actor Richard Hatch is 69. Keyboardist Bill Champlin is 67. Singer Leo Sayer is 66. Actor Mr. T is 62. Actor Judge Reinhold is 57. Actor Brent Briscoe is 53. Actress Lisa Edelstein is 48. Singer-guitarist Mikel Jollet is 40. Actress Sarah Ramos is 23.

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