Trudeau Draws Northam Comparisons in Resurfaced Photos After Admitting to Wearing Brownface

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is finding himself in the spotlight after a photo surfaced from a 2001 party of the then-teacher in Vancouver wearing brownface make-up.

Trudeau’s controversy comes after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) faced immense criticism in February for a 1984 medical school yearbook photo that showed one man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, as IJR previously reported.

An image of the Canadian prime minister — who’s running for reelection in the election in less than five weeks — surfaced on Wednesday evening showing him dressed up in brownface make-up and in a robe and turban.

The photo, taken during an “Arabian Nights” party, appears in the 2000-2001 West Point Grey Academy, a private school, yearbook — where Trudeau taught at the time.

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Trudeau — a liberal politician and son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau — admitted to being in the picture and apologized for the image on Wednesday.

He admitted that he had dressed up as Alladin. He apologized in saying, “I should’ve known better. But I didn’t, and I’m really sorry.”

Asked about the photos surfacing so close to the election, Trudeau said, “Obviously I regret that I did it. It’s not about timing. It’s about having done something that I shouldn’t have done. And I’m really sorry I did.”

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Additionally, the prime minister admitted to another surfaced photo showing him wearing blackface make-up and an afro wig during a high school talent show.

“When I was in high school I dressed up at a talent show and sang ‘Day O’ with makeup on,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau said that he does view the photo as racist.

“Yes it was,” he said, adding, “I didn’t consider it racist at the time, but now we know better.”

Check out the other photo below:

The Canadian prime minister is in hot water, as several blasted him over the controversial images and drew a comparison to Northam.

While noting he wouldn’t “accuse” Trudeau of “being a racist,” Maxime Bernier, a Canadian Member of Parliament, called the prime minister “the biggest hypocrite in the country.”

While the prime minister is being faced with criticism, a few people have come to his defense.

The Virginia governor’s controversy ended inconclusively as the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s report noted they were “unable to conclusively determine whether Governor Northam is, or is not, in the photograph,” as IJR reported. He later declared that he’s “turned the page” and that “it’s time to move forward.”

While Trudeau is now wrapped up in the controversy over the photos, it’s unclear if it’ll have an effect on his run for reelection in Canada’s upcoming election on October 21.


  1. “the outrage over blackface is rooted in the 19th and early 20th century when white actors would dress up in blackface and basically act like monkeys, clowns, and general bafoons.” David

    You are leaving out one of the worst parts of blackface – the violence against people of color that it directly caused.

    1. Join the discussion…You have the demonrat party to thank for that. Don’t forget the Jim Crow laws that the demonrats enacted.

  2. Halloween is coming. I can’t wait for the “don’t do this” lists.

    It’s a good thing superheroes, witches (not Wiccans), mummies, and the undead don’t exist or we’d be hearing from them too.

    1. My mate and I once went to a Hallowe’en party once in a costume that we won’t be using a second time. Not that it was offensive to anyone at the party, but in today’s environment, it wouldn’t be such a wise choice. I would choose to be a bit more sensitive to what is going on in society today.

      I don’t feel the same sensitivity coming for you.

  3. @Cheryl, the outrage over blackface is rooted in the 19th and early 20th century when white actors would dress up in blackface and basically act like monkeys, clowns, and general bafoons. Pretty darn Racist.

    However, some people doing some racist things a long time ago should not prevent our nation from moving on. If my white son wants to dress like his hero, Black Panther, for Halloween isn’t that a good thing? Shouldn’t I encourage my son to be blind to race and give the ultimate show of respect by pretending to be this larger than life hero?

    Liberals would have always said yes. But present day leftists would say hell no.

  4. He keeps saying he hurt people by putting on dark makeup decades ago. Who got hurt? Raise your hand.

  5. Imagine the uproar if this were Trump, Pence or Turtle—-never hear the end of it. If it’s a lib (like Northam or Clinton) then it’s a completely different story. I hate Fake news for treating the 2 sides in such a polarized manner—-pathetically shameful.

  6. Agree with Pat Condell’s statement….
    “In a sane world, Trudeau would have nothing to apologise for, as he did nothing wrong, but this is no longer a sane world.”
    With the addition that……People like Trudeau have CAUSED this INSANE WORLD !
    Snowflakes idiocy

  7. This is getting tiresome. Exactly how is it offensive again? I missed that rant. I do remember the Eddie Murphy’s “White Like Me” skit on Saturday Night Live from the 80s. Should I be offended? No. It was funny.

  8. Overly PC world where people get all butthurt if they hear something they don’t like.

  9. Everyone knows you can only wear blackface if you are on the left. Just like you can only culturally appropriate if you are on the left.

    1. David, Then, again, Trump wears Orange Face, and many are not offended..

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