A photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing “brownface” makeup back in 2001 was obtained by Time Magazine and is causing controversy.
The Prime Minister, who was 29-years-old during the time the picture was taken, is seen wearing a turban, Arab-styled robes, and the makeup in an Arabian Nights themed gala at Vancouver’s West Point Grey Academy back in 2001. Trudeau was teaching at the private school back then.
The photo then gained public attention a week after Trudeau launched the re-election campaign for the top government job in Canada where he also rivals with the Conservative Party.
A representative from his campaign has already confirmed that it is him in the photo.
Zita Astravas, the spokeswoman, stated, “He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin.”
Trudeau has also apologized for the costume. He stated, “It was a dumb thing to do. I’m disappointed in myself. I’m pissed off at myself.”
It is important to note that in his duty as prime minister, he has established himself as a friend to the minorities of Canada and even promotes immigration into the nation.
But after the photo’s publication, the prime minister was attacked by his rivals from the Conservative Party. Jagmeet Singh, the New Democratic Party’s leader, also expressed his negative feedback on the situation.
“It’s insulting,” Singh, who is a Sikh, stated, “I think he needs to answer for it. I think he’s got to answer the question why he did that.”
Andrew Scheer, the Conservative Party of Canada’s leader also pounced on Trudeau, stating, “Wearing brownface is an act of open mockery and racism. It was just as racist in 2001 as in 2019.”
Further reports also state that the photo was published in the school’s yearbook and was given by a Canadian businessman to the magazine.