Those who scream the loudest right.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized and said he is ‘p***ed off’ at himself after a photo emerged showing him wearing brownface at a party 18 years ago when he was a private school teacher.
The photo, published by TIME magazine on Wednesday, shows Trudeau wearing brown makeup on his face, neck, and hands while wearing a turban and robe at a party in 2001.
Trudeau admitted to wearing the racist costume when he attended an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed gala at West Point Grey Academy – the private school in Vancouver where he was teaching at the time.
The photo first appeared in the West Point Grey Academy 2001 yearbook.
In a press conference held on his campaign plane on Wednesday night, Trudeau acknowledged that the photo was racist and said he should have known better.
‘I’m p***ed off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,’ he said.
The emergence of the photo comes just one week after Trudeau launched his campaign and could undermine his chances for re-election with less than five weeks to go before Canada’s election.
Trudeau said the photo was taken at an end of year gala where the theme was Arabian Nights and he dressed up in an Aladdin costume.
‘I should have known better then but I didn’t, and I am deeply sorry for it,’ he said.
‘I shouldn’t have done that. I take responsibility for it. It was a dumb thing to do.’
He also admitted to wearing black makeup in high school to perform a version of African-American singer Harry Belafonte’s song ‘Banana Boat Song (Day-O)’ during a talent show.
‘These are the situations I regret deeply,’ he said.
Trudeau said it was a racist act but he didn’t realize it at the time and that he knows better now.
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