Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Apologizes for Wearing Brownface and Blackface

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing backlash after at least three incidents of brownface/blackface from Trudeau’s past emerged ahead of the country’s general election. Trudeau apologized soon after a photo of him wearing brownface makeup was published by TIME. 

Trudeau, then 29, was photographed wearing brownface, a turban, and robes during an “Arabian Nights”-themed gala at West Point Grey Academy, where he once taught. The photo appears in the 2000-2001 yearbook of the private day school, TIME reported. 

TIME received a copy of the yearbook, The View, from Vancouver businessman Michael Adamson, who was part of the West Point Grey Academy community. The businessman did not attend the party, but after seeing the photo in July, he believed it should be made public. 

Trudeau later acknowledged that he wore blackface makeup to sing the Jamaican folk song “Day O” during a high school…

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3 comments

  • Richard Crooks

    THIS WHOLE THING IS DISGUSTING BEYOND WORD WHO IN HELL WOULD WANT TO RUN FOR ANY PULIC OFFICE AND THEN BE RIPPED APART OVER STUPID THINGS THAT ALL OF US HAVE DONE SOMETIME.

    • Kelly Hughes

      No, not all of us have done or would even think if doing this ! He was old enough to know it was mocking and racist. And if you think it was just “stupid” and everybody does it, you’re probably a racist too, because decent people don’t.

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