I apologize to all Canadians for this Justin Trudeau mess, but A) it’s actually getting funny/stupid and B) this isn’t the first time this mess has happened in North American politics! I mentioned yesterday that the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, was caught wearing blackface in some yearbook photos. It set off this weird commotion where Northam could not even say that those photos were the ONLY time he had ever done blackface, and that there could be additional photos out there. Well… Trudeau should have learned something from the VA governor and just come clean about everything as soon as the first photo came out. He could have just said “Look, I wore brownface and blackface approximately 58 times in my teens and 20s, I’m really f–king sorry.” Instead, we have this slow drip of newly rediscovered photos of Trudeau doing blackface all the f–king time:
Global News has obtained video showing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in blackface, the third instance of racist dress to come to light in 12 hours. Global's @MercedesGlobal, who broke this story, has more. #cdnpoli #elxn43
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) September 19, 2019
For what it’s worth, in his apology on Wednesday, Trudeau said that the photo from 2001, that was not the first time. To be unfair to Trudeau, he only gave one other instance and it wasn’t THIS one. This is a THIRD incident, and it’s from “the early ‘90s,” which would have put Trudeau in his late teens or early 20s, probably. And in new comments on Thursday, Trudeau now says that he has no idea how many times he worn race like a costume.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized again on Thursday for wearing blackface in three separate incidents and said he did not know how many times he had put on racist makeup.
“What I did hurt them, hurt people who shouldn’t have to face intolerance and discrimination because of their identity. This is something I deeply, deeply regret,” he said. Darkening your face, he added, “is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface. I should have understood that then, and I never should have done it.”
Trudeau still insisted he was an ally in the fight for social justice and highlighted his administration’s actions to fight racism and intolerance. But he declined to say definitively whether there were more instances of him wearing dark makeup. He did not remember each instance, he said, because his privilege gave him a blind spot on the issue.
“The fact is I didn’t understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every day,” he said.
“…Because his privilege gave him a blind spot on the issue.” Yeah, okay. Maybe once? Maybe once when he was a teenager? But he clearly did it several times as a teenager, and then continued to do it as a grown-ass adult. He was around the age of 29 in 2001, when he did brownface for the Arabian Nights party.
Trudeau lost Joshua Jackson’s vote:
Welp….Justin Trudeau, thank you for your service. Please enjoy a contemplative retirement. Yeesh
— Josh Jackson (@VancityJax) September 19, 2019
Exclusive: Justin Trudeau wore brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ party while he taught at a private school, Canada's Liberal Party admits https://t.co/j3UobfYNIF
— TIME (@TIME) September 18, 2019
Exclusive. Sources have confirmed to me that this is THE picture of @JustinTrudeau in blackface from high school that he referenaced in his press conference. From the year book at Brebeuf college. #cdnpoli He is singing Day Oh apparently. pic.twitter.com/ivBPoxbXi8
— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) September 19, 2019
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.