‘Blackface’ Backlash Worsens For Justin Trudeau: Third Photo Emerges Of Canadian PM Wearing ‘Racist’ Makeup

Swarajya Staff

Sep 20, 2019, 01:38 PM | Updated 01:38 PM IST

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

More blackface images of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appeared which have contributed to shattering the leader’s progressive profile a month ahead of the country’s federal election.

On Wednesday, TIME magazine published a 2001 photograph in which a 29-year-old Trudeau, then a teacher at a prestigious private school in Vancouver, appeared wearing dark makeup dressed as Aladdin for an Arabian Nights-themed gala, reports Efe news.

”I shouldn’t have done it. I should have known better,” Trudeau told reporters later Wednesday.”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 am deeply sorry,” he added.

He then also admitted to wearing make-up while in high school to sing Harry Belafonte’s “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O).”On Thursday, a Canadian media outlet produced a third occasion that Trudeau had worn the makeup.Global News published a video showing the now-Liberal leader in blackface raising his hands in the air while laughing and sticking his tongue out.

The emergence of the images has plunged Trudeau’s campaign ahead of the October 21 federal elections into chaos, and may contribute to a further strengthening of the Andrew Scheer-led Conservative Party.

(With inputs from IANS)

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