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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau apologises for blackface

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for a photo described as "racist". The timing of the incriminating photo is problematic for Trudeau in his preparation for the 2019 Canadian federal election.

Published: September 19, 2019, 11:47 am

    Ottawa

    The recording shows the now 47-year-old Prime Minister at the age of 29 years at a themed party. For this occasion he posed as Aladdin and painted his face black. Time magazine published the photo of the leftwing leader.

    Trudeau was then a teacher at the West Point Gray Academy in Vancouver. Vancouver businessman Michael Adamson handed the photo to Time. As a member of the West Point Grey Academy community, Adamson felt it should be made public.

    The double standard and the selective enforcement of anti-racism by the left and the media is striking. Had a conservative MP done anything like this, calls for resignation would have been particularly shrill. In an interview with CBC, Trudeau suggested that his resignation would not be an issue however.

    “That’s something I should not have done,” Trudeau declared. “It was something I did not think was racist at the time, but today I realize it was racist.” He apologized for that and asked the Canadians for forgiveness. He also said on the occasion, that he once dressed in high school as a Jamaican singer.

    “Blackening your face, no matter the circumstances, is unacceptable because of the historical context of the blackfaces,” proclaimed the Prime Minister on the sidelines of a trip to Winnipeg where he came to support a Liberal candidate of Aboriginal descent.

    Blackfacing is however still common in North-American TV and film productions, since the work of stunt doubles is overwhelmingly taken by white men, Deadline reported. When they are made up to look like an African American, the practice is called a “paint down”. When they are made up to look like a woman, the practice is called “wigging”.

    Canada’s clownish leader took part in Toronto’s Gay Pride parade in 2017, marching in the country’s largest LGBT event. Trudeau wore a pair of multicolored “rainbow” socks for the event. Text on the socks read “Eid Mubarak,” honoring the Islamic religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

    In 2018 Trudeau and his family wore elaborate Indian traditional dress – Bollywood costumes actually – while on a trip to India, according to the BBC.

    Last year, Trudeau lectured a woman on gender-sensitive language at a public event. Instead of “mankind” she should rather say “peoplekind” as this is “more inclusive”.

    Trudeau also calls himself a feminist. During his tenure, the country even got a “gender neutral” rewrite of their national anthem.

    Most recently, Trudeau also came under criticism within the party. His former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould accused him of putting her under pressure in a bribery scandal involving a Canadian construction company.

    On October 21 parliamentary elections will take place in Canada. Trudeau’s Liberal Party is currently in a neck-and-neck race with the Conservatives surrounding its challenger Andrew Scheer.

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