Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has kicked off his re-election campaign for the October 21 vote. However, his brownface picture has him in harsh waters.
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to apologize on Wednesday after a 2001 brownface picture of him surfaced from his school yearbook. The picture is from when he was a 29-year-old teacher. The picture has caused more trouble for Justin, who is already managing a shaky re-election campaign.
He explains, ‘I dressed up in an Aladdin costume, and put makeup on. I shouldn’t have done it. I should have known better, but I didn’t. And I’m really sorry.’ The picture was first reported by Time Magazine and was confirmed to Time by spokeswoman Zita Astravas of Justin Trudeau’s re-election campaign. She had told the magazine, ‘He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin.’
He told reporters while he was traveling on an airplane that the picture was from 2001 when he was working as a teacher at the West Point Grey Academy. He was attending the end-of-year gala that was themed ‘Arabian Nights.’
On the other hand, Jagmeet Singh, who is the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, said, ‘I think he needs to answer for it. I think he’s got to answer the question why he did that and what does that say about what he thinks about people who, because of who they are, because of the color of their skin, face challenges and barriers and obstacles in their life.’
During his talks with reporters on Wednesday, Trudeau also told the reporters that he had one also dressed up in a similar fashion during the high school talent show. He told them that he wore makeup while performing Day-O, which is a traditional Jamaican folk tune that was sung by the well-known African American performer Harry Belafonte.
Trudeau is also facing a harsh six-week re-election campaign over the questions that pertain to whether he forced the former Canadian attorney general to let a big construction form get away without a corruption trial. The Canadian federal election has been scheduled for October 21.
However, we are impressed with how Justin Trudeau was quick to apologize for the pictures and gave his side of the story. He said, ‘I think there are people who’ve made mistakes in this life. You make decisions based on what they actually do, what they did and on a case-by-case basis.’
Let’s see how the re-election campaign goes for Justin Trudeau. What do you think of the apology extended by the Canadian Prime Minister? Do let us know!
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