Two more damning photographs of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dressed in blackface have emerged within hours of him apologizing for putting on brown make-up to attend an Arabian Nights party in 2001.
In the first new photograph, Trudeau is dressed up as Jamaican singer Harry Belafonte to sing Day-O, a Jamaican song, at Jean Brebeuf High School at a talent show. He graduated from the school in the early 1990s.
The second is taken from a video which is undated but was given to Global News on Wednesday. The Liberal Party of Canada confirmed on Wednesday that Trudeau, who is the leader of their political party, was in the photos.
It shows him raising his arms and sticking his tongue out while dressed in a white t-shirt and jeans.
Justin Trudeau is shown wearing an afro wig and dressed in blackface to impersonate Jamaican singer Harry Belafonte to sing ‘Day-O’ at a talent show at his high school. He graduated in the early 90s.
A third image emerged on Thursday (below) which shows Trudeau in an undated video wearing blackface. The video is undated but was obtained by Global News and verified by a member of the Liberal campaign:
The scandal comes just one week after the so-called squeaky-clean politician launched his campaign and could undermine his chances for re-election with less than five weeks to go before Canada’s election.
Trudeau said one of the photos 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 said that he knows better now.
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