Time Magazine just landed a whopper on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with pictures of him in blackface from back in 2001ish:
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 18, 2019
Ok technically it was ‘brownface’, but is there really any difference?
Here’s more from Time:
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001. TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.
The photograph has not been previously reported. The picture was taken at an “Arabian Nights”-themed gala. It shows Trudeau, then the 29-year-old son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands completely darkened. The photograph appears in the 2000-2001 yearbook of West Point Grey Academy, a private day school where Trudeau was a teacher.
Earlier this month, TIME obtained a copy of the yearbook, The View, with the photograph of Trudeau in brownface from Vancouver businessman Michael Adamson, who was part of the West Point Grey Academy community. Adamson was not at the party, which was attended by school faculty, administrators and parents of students. He said that he first saw the photograph in July and felt it should be made public.
On Wednesday, Zita Astravas, the media relations lead of the Liberal Party of Canada, which Trudeau is the leader of, confirmed that the Prime Minister was in the photo. “It was a photo taken while he was teaching in Vancouver, at the school’s annual dinner which had a costume theme of ‘Arabian Nights.’ He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin,” said Astravas. Trudeau is planning on addressing the photograph to the media later this evening, according to the Astravas. The prime minister’s official director of communications did not return multiple calls.
Did I mention that Trudeau is running for reelection?
This is a critical moment for Trudeau, who began his re-election campaign on Sept. 11 under the cloud of a scandal over whether he pressured his then-attorney general to drop corruption charges against a large Canadian engineering firm. The Liberal Party leader has championed minority groups during his nearly four years as prime minister and made his embrace of Canada’s many cultures a major part of his leadership. At least seven of the 35 members of Trudeau’s cabinet are from ethnic minorities.
Well this should make his reelection campaign more interesting.
Time also reports that Trudeau has already been mocked for “elaborate Indian garb that he, his wife and their three children wore during a visit to India.”
Trudeau is running against three other people, one of whom is a minority and two of which are progressive/liberals. I’m sure they are going to be outraged at this new revelation.
Justin Trudeau in brownface.
If this was a conservative, he would have been forced to resign by the social media mob within hours. pic.twitter.com/Jw4eOSCGoI
— Cory Morgan (@CoryBMorgan) September 18, 2019