No one likes a suck-up–not even the political correctness crowd.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the object of derision on social media for wearing traditional native dress several days in a row while on his trip to India, with some calling his choice of clothing “tacky.”
Trudeau’s decision to don traditional Indian garbs was at first warmly received when he arrived with his family last week.
After a couple days, the prime minister’s clothing was picked apart by many Indians, who said it was too much.
India Today referred to Trudeau’s clothing as “tacky,” and said:
“We understand that the Trudeaus do not understand Indian clothing as well as Indian dignitaries do, but for someone who’s been fond of wearing Indian kurtas even back home, it’s not wrong to expect a touch of class.”
Omar Abdullah, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said that not even Indians in Bollywood dress like that everyday.
Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood. pic.twitter.com/xqAqfPnRoZ
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 21, 2018
Kabir Taneja of the think-tank ORF suggested the Canadian leader “have some chill.”
Bro Golden Temple is not at the airport, have some chill… https://t.co/UIK7hohjJN
— Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) February 21, 2018
Outlook India described the wardrobe at “too flashy, even for an Indian,” and many mocked Trudeau for looking like he was going to participate in a wedding.
I’ve got Indian friends who are like “Why is Trudeau dressed like a groom at a wedding all the time?”
— 2dⒶmSocialism (@ImperialsSay) February 23, 2018
Did he come India to get married again? Looks like a Groom ???
— Dharma Vahini (@bittertruuth) February 21, 2018
No Trudeau, you have got it all wrong.
We Indians don’t dress like we are going to a wedding all the time or say Namastey to everyone we meet on the road. Neither do we enter a get together doing Bhangra. Most of all, we don’t carry terrorists in our planes to the host country.
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) February 22, 2018
Congratulations to Justin Trudeau on his wedding.
— Amneet Singh (@amneetbali) February 22, 2018
Who advised Justin Trudeau to dress like a bridegroom at the Bombay event? Only a horse and sehra seemed to be missing.
— shunali khullar shroff (@shunalishroff) February 21, 2018
Of particular note was the prime minister’s gold outfit at a Bollywood event.
Tonight, we celebrated stronger ties & new co-production opportunities between Bollywood and the Canadian Film Industry. And who better to help than @iamsrk himself… Great to meet you! 🇮🇳🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/1OcwsA9lMS
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 20, 2018
“All the Bollywood stars were in normal outfits but the Trudeau family chose “Bole chudiyan Bole kangna” outfits” CRYING.
— Priya Desai (@priyadesai) February 23, 2018
A bit too much indeed—more Indian than the Indians
— Javid Iqbal (@IqbalJavid46) February 21, 2018
Is it just me who's finding Justin Trudeau's fancy dress display fake and annoying?
— bhaavna arora (@BhaavnaArora) February 21, 2018
How do you think we in Canada feel? #NationalEmbarrassment
— Pamela Ingold (@PamelaIngold) February 21, 2018
After Thursday, perhaps in response to the criticism, Trudeau was seen back in a suit.
Trudeau’s visit was marred by other scandals. According to CNN, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not receive the Canadian head of state at the airport as he is typically does with other foreign leaders. The pair did not see each other until Friday.
There was backlash in India when Trudeau’s wife took a picture with Jaspal Atwal, a convicted Sikh extremist found guilty of attempting to assassinate an Indian minister in 1986.
Jaspal Atwal was found guilty of attempted murder in 1986 after shooting a Punjab state minister who was visiting Vancouver Island. Atwal lives in Canada, but travelled to India and attended a government function last night.
Here he is with Sophie Trudeau. pic.twitter.com/4vyJcTlJr1
— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) February 22, 2018
Trudeau was also ridiculed for his dancing at the Canada House in New Dehli.
— Rohit Gandhi (@rohitgandhi_) February 22, 2018
As a liberal, Trudeau should know that “cultural appropriation” is a cardinal sin on his side of the political spectrum.