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.
See the photo below:
This is Justin Trudeau. pic.twitter.com/KxCdFyZWWI
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 18, 2019
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.”
Watch the video below:
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:
Exclusive. Sources have confirmed to me that this is THE picture of @JustinTrudeau in blackface from high school that he referenaced in his press conference. From the year book at Brebeuf college. #cdnpoli He is singing Day Oh apparently. pic.twitter.com/ivBPoxbXi8
— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) September 19, 2019
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.”
I’m not going to accuse @JustinTrudeau of being a racist.
But he’s the master of identity politics and the Libs just spent months accusing everyone of being white supremacists.
He definitely is the biggest hypocrite in the country.
— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) September 19, 2019
Both Trudeau and Northam still have their jobs. pic.twitter.com/8kM9bnCKtu
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 19, 2019
I guess you could say Justin Trudeau is in a whole new world of trouble
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 19, 2019
My response to the Time Magazine story about Justin Trudeau: pic.twitter.com/nIfukTRiev
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) September 19, 2019
There's nothing more telling than the left being ok with the blatant racism of Justin Trudeau and Ralph Northam.
Black/brown face is disgusting and racist. The fact that they let it go kills any credibility they have pointing fingers at others.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 19, 2019
— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) September 19, 2019
While the prime minister is being faced with criticism, a few people have come to his defense.
There are moments in politics that are tests of character. Mr Trudeau’s full apology tonight for thoughtless behaviour 18 years ago is a first step on a journey that can be a lesson for all of us.
— Bob Rae (@BobRae48) September 19, 2019
#ITV deleted this tweet and re-posted it when I retweeted it earlier with a comment, so here is my comment again:
In a sane world, Trudeau would have nothing to apologise for, as he did nothing wrong, but this is no longer a sane world. https://t.co/0C1RT2ktBi
— Pat Condell (@patcondell) September 19, 2019
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.