September 19, 2019
Racism three times, nigga?
How you gon do three times?
A third incident of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appearing in racist makeup emerged Thursday morning, hours after he apologized for wearing brownface at an Arabian Nights-themed party in 2001 and blackface at a high school performance.
A Liberal Party spokesman confirmed that the young man in blackface in the video published Thursday morning by Global News was Trudeau, and said it was “from the early 1990s.” Trudeau turned 20 in 1991.
The succession of revelations Wednesday evening and Thursday morning has rocked Trudeau’s campaign as he faces a tough battle for a second term. Trudeau, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Thursday, canceled his morning events.
Trudeau, 47, apologized Wednesday evening after Time magazine published a yearbook photograph taken in 2001, when Trudeau was a teacher at the private West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver. It depicts the then-29-year-old smiling while wearing a feathered turban, his face darkened in a practice with racist roots.
“I attended an end-of-year gala where the theme was Arabian nights. I dressed up in an Aladdin costume and put makeup on,” Trudeau told reporters on his campaign plane. “I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better, but I didn’t, and I’m really sorry.”
Trudeau also admitted to wearing blackface in high school while singing “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” at a talent show. The video published on Thursday shows a few seconds of a third incident, in which Trudeau raises his arms and makes a face.
The prime minister kicked off his reelection bid last week amid a political climate that has grown increasingly grim for the Liberal Party leader once considered an international darling. Trudeau faces a formidable challenge from Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, who blasted his opponent Wednesday night, calling the brownface photo “an act of open mockery and racism.”
Speaking to reporters in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Scheer said he was “shocked” and “disappointed.”
The Conservatives, who are in a dead heat with the Liberals, have accused Trudeau of being “not as advertised.”
You would think that would be a good thing.
But I guess they wanted what was advertised?