Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau wore “brownface” makeup to a party he attended in 2001, a bombshell report has revealed.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau wore “brownface” makeup to a party he attended in 2001, a bombshell report has revealed.

Outrage over Trudeau’s ‘racist’ photo

CANADIAN Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore "brownface" make-up to a party he attended in 2001, a bombshell report has revealed.

Time Magazine obtained a photograph showing the then-29-year-old Mr Trudeau at an "Arabian Nights"-themed gala, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened with brown make-up:

 

 

The photo was taken at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001, Time reported.

The magazine received a copy of the 2001 issue of the school's yearbook The View, which contained the photo, from Vancouver businessman Michael Adamson, who said he believed the public had a right to know.

Mr Trudeau has apologised for the picture, telling reporters: "I dressed up in an Aladdin costume and put makeup on. I shouldn't have done it. I should have known better, but I didn't and I'm really sorry."

He also admitted to donning blackface on a separate occasion in high school, and said he was "disappointed and pissed off" in himself for having done it.

Asked by a reporter about any other instances in which he is concerned he was racist, Mr Trudeau said: "I've always - and you'll know this - been more enthusiastic about costumes than is sometimes appropriate."

The photo sparked an uproar on Twitter, with many deeming the liberal leader a hypocrite and saying he should step down:

 

 

The original photo also caused fury because he had his hand on the chest of the woman in front of him.

 

 

 

The timing could not be worse for the Canadian leader, who began his re-election campaign on September 11 engulfed in scandal over his involvement in dropping corruption charges against a large Canadian engineering firm.

Last year, the Canadian leader was accused of cultural appropriation and "overdoing it" on a trip to India, in which he donned grand, ceremonial outfits.

 

More to come …



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