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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized on Wednesday for wearing brownface in the past, hours before a third instance was uncovered by a Canadian news outlet.
On Wednesday, Time magazine obtained a photo of Trudeau wearing brownface makeup at a party in 2001. The picture was taken at an “Arabian Nights” themed party, according to the news outlet, and shows the Canadian prime minister wearing a turban, robes, and makeup on his face and hands.
It was published in the 2001 yearbook of West Point Grey Acadamy, where Trudeau was a teacher at the time.
Exclusive: Justin Trudeau wore brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ party while he taught at a private school, Canada's Liberal Party admits https://t.co/j3UobfYNIF— TIME (@TIME) September 18, 2019
“I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better, but I didn’t, and I’m really sorry,” he said, adding: “It was something that I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist to do and I’m deeply sorry.”
During his apology, Trudeau said that he also wore blackface makeup in high school during a talent show while singing “Day-O” a Jamaican folk song.
Justin Trudeau apologises for 'brownface' photo: 'It was racist' pic.twitter.com/X2JW4uu5jF— The Independent (@Independent) September 19, 2019
On Thursday morning, Global News, a Canadian news outlet, published a video that showed Trudeau in what appears to be blackface, wearing ripped jeans and a white t-shirt.
A source confirmed to Global News that it was Trudeau in the video.
Trudeau is running for re-election in October.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).