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I confess that of all politicians to be caught in a black face scandal, the politician who likely deserves it most is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, that unctuous standing insult to empty suits everywhere:

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001. TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.

The photograph has not been previously reported. The picture was taken at an “Arabian Nights”-themed gala. It shows Trudeau, then the 29-year-old son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands completely darkened. The photograph appears in the 2000-2001 yearbook of West Point Grey Academy, a private day school where Trudeau was a teacher.

Earlier this month, TIME obtained a copy of the yearbook, The View, with the photograph of Trudeau in brownface from Vancouver businessman Michael Adamson, who was part of the West Point Grey Academy community. Adamson was not at the party, which was attended by school faculty, administrators and parents of students. He said that he first saw the photograph in July and felt it should be made public.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday night, following TIME’s publication of the photo, Trudeau apologized: “I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better and I didn’t. I’m really sorry.” When asked if he thought the photograph was racist, he said, “Yes it was. I didn’t consider it racist at the time, but now we know better.”

Trudeau said he wore blackface “makeup” in high school to sing “Day-O,” a Jamaican folk song famously performed by African-American singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. “I deeply regret that I did that,” he said.

On Wednesday, Zita Astravas, the media relations lead of the Liberal Party of Canada, which Trudeau is the leader of, confirmed that the prime minister was in the photo. “It was a photo taken while he was teaching in Vancouver, at the school’s annual dinner which had a costume theme of ‘Arabian Nights.’ He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin,” said Astravas. Trudeau is planning on addressing the photograph to the media later this evening, according to the Astravas. The prime minister’s official director of communications did not return multiple calls.

Go here to read the rest.  Live by political correctness, die by political correctness.  I have no clue what the impact, if any, will be on the Canadian elections next month.  This reveals Trudeau as sort of a weak willed cosplaying  doofus, but I suspect most Canadians realized that already.

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4 Comments

  1. Now, two more photos have “shown up”. The previous one was a “brown face”. The new ones are “black face”. A BIG no no.

    Of course, this will change no one’s mind on the issue or about him. The Left only uses these sort of “issues” against those to the “right”.

  2. Justin Trudeau, even more than Barack Obama, demonstrates the collapse of the peer-review function in party politics in North America. He worked as a schoolteacher for about seven years – IIRC, specializing in frill subjects and subbing elsewhere – after which he had a five year sojourn through graduate programs, acquiring no degree. Then Liberal Party sachems got the bright idea to put him in parliament, then hand over the leadership to him. It’s almost as if wire-pullers were playing an elaborate prank and then realized to their chagrin that it worked and they now worked for him.

    The currently leader of the Conservative Party, one Andrew Scheer, is a pure career politician. He had part time and seasonal positions while a student, and that’s his employment history outside politics. In the States, you see that now and again, but the purveyors of that (e.g. Chuck Schumer and Barney Frank) are seldom Republicans.

    The New Democratic Party is run by some guy named “Jagmeet”. His signature issue is ever more deference to the gay lobby.

    You have to figure that Canada’s real problem is affluenza. Acting collectively, they do silly and destructive things just to amuse themselves. In this country, we end up with creatures like Bilge di Blabbio and the ghastly trio running Cook County, Illinois.

  3. Speaking of Day-Oh….the Spanish word for ugly is “feo” (fay-oh). On several of our grocery trips to the Wall Mart super center, there were always a large number of people dressed for ditchdigging and covered with tattoos and face piercings. So, I would let out a Fay-Oh, Fay ay ay oh. The missus, who always takes too long to shop, was both mad at me and laughing.
    Now I do the shopping alone and finish it in one fourth the time.

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