In what had all the makings of a staged event, Canada’s liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked on camera by two young black girls about appearing in blackface.
“Why did you paint your face brown?” one of the girls asked the prime minister, who was making an appearance at their school.
Where would the left be without the manipulation of language, in this case using the term being “brown,” as if this somehow lessens the severity of his actions? Even worse, though, was the cringe-worthy response from the prime minister.
“It was something I shouldn’t have done because it hurt people,” he told the girls. “It’s not something you should do and that is something that I learned and I didn’t know it back then, but I know it now.”
Back then being all the way back to 2001, when Trudeau was but a pup of 29 years.
It was then that he appeared in blackface at an “Arabian Nights”-themed gala at the private day school he taught at, West Point Grey Academy.
But the young girl wasn’t finished. Remarkably, she had a follow-up question.
“Did you paint your nose and your hands brown?” the child asked.
“Yeah,” a contrite Trudeau responded, pausing for effect, before adding, “And it was the wrong thing to do.”
And there you have it.
In his mind, the politician may hope that he can now move on from the controversy, having sufficiently addressed the matter on camera before two hard-hitting minority citizens.
As it turns out, there have been numerous occasions when Trudeau would darken his face.
Trudeau admitted to wearing blackface makeup to sing the Jamaican folk song “Day O” in a high school talent show.
A photo of that get up is seen below:
Trudeau singing Banana boat song ( Day O )? I call that a history of racism! pic.twitter.com/rgVwdnXH3K
— Patrick Diotte (@patrickdiotte) September 19, 2019
There was even an incident in 1995 where he painted his entire body black as he danced and mugged for the camera. This occurred at a whitewater rafting excursion with friends — Trudeau was the only one in blackface.
A new high quality video of @JustinTrudeau dancing in blackface
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 28, 2019
Trudeau has reportedly been coy about the possibility of other instances, or if there have been any since 2001.
With Canadians going to vote later this month, Trudeau’s Liberal Party is taking a hit in the polls, falling behind the rival Conservative party after bombshell images of Trudeau in blackface emerged, Reuters reported last month.
Polling had Conservatives leading the Liberals 36.8 percent to 32 percent, according to a Nanos Research poll cited by the news agency.
A new Nanos Research poll out this week shows Conservatives leading the Liberals by a similar margin — 35.5 percent to 32.9 percent.
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