Justin Trudeau ‘Pissed Off’ at Himself over Blackface Scandal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has found himself at the center of another highly-publicized “blackface” scandal, admitting to wearing a variant of the racial makeup known as “brownface” at a party in 2001, as per the New York Post.

The Canadian prime minister admitted further that the incident in 2001, where he wore brownface and a turban for an “Arabian Nights”-themed party, was not the first time he had done so. Trudeau admitted to reporters that he had also worn blackface “at a talent show” while he was in high school, where he “sang ‘Day-O’ with makeup on.”

Saying that he “didn’t think it was racist at the time,” Trudeau said that “now I recognize it was racist,” and added that he was “disappointed in myself” and “pissed off at myself.”

Trudeau’s is the latest high-profile example of a politician admitting to having worn blackface in the past. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D-Va.) was alleged to have worn blackface in a college yearbook photo in 1984, as he posed next to someone dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He was asked to resign but ultimately refused to do so.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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