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Why did Justin Trudeau wear brownface makeup, when was it and what has the Canadian Prime Minister said about it?


Canadian president Justin Trudeau on a plane apologising for a photo in which he wore brownface makeup

Canadian president Justin Trudeau has apologised for the historic image of him in brownface make-up at a costume party (Picture: Reuters)

Canadian leader Justin Trudeau has apologised after a yearbook photo of him in brownface makeup emerged.

The image, which was published by Time magazine, depicts Mr Trudeau wearing a turban and robe, with makeup on his hands, face and neck.

All of which could spell serious trouble for him in the election, with polls saying he is facing a serious challenge from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

But when was the photo taken and why was he wearing the make-up?

Heres what you need to know…

Why did Justin Trudeau wear brownface make-up?

Mr Trudeau wore the make-up as he was at a costume party at the time.

The picture was taken at the West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver, British Columbia where he worked as a teacher before he entered politics.

A yearbook photo from 2001 featuring Canadian president Justin Trudeau in brownface make-up

The photo was taken at West Point Grey Academy where he taught in 2001 (Picture: Time/West Point Grey Academy)

It was at the schools annual dinner which had an Arabian Nights theme, and which saw the Canadian leader dressed as a character from Aladdin.



When was the photo taken?

The photo was taken in 2001.

What has Justin Trudeau said about the photo?

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Speaking to journalists after the photo emerged, Mr Trudeau said: Im pissed off at myself, Im disappointed at myself.

I take responsibility for my decision to do that. I shouldnt have done it, he added.

I should have known better. It was something that I didnt think was racist at the time, but now I recognise it was something racist to do and I am deeply sorry.

Tweet from Elizabeth May about Justin Trudeau's historic brownface makeup photo

However his political rival Andrew Scheer has made his opinions clear, saying:Read More – Source

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