A video has surfaced of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface – the Liberal Party leaders third racist blunder in 24 hours.
The clip obtained by Global News shows Trudeau raising his hands in the air while laughing, sticking his tongue out and making faces – all while wearing dark makeup, which is also covering his arms.
Global News only managed to verify it was him in the video this morning (September 19), after a senior member of the Liberal campaign confirmed it was Trudeau.
Have a look at the video below:
The Prime Minister is facing nationwide heat for cases of racist dress – a photograph obtained by TIME Magazine shows Trudeau dressed in brownface and a turban.
It was taken in 2001 – the leader was 29 years old and teaching at a private school – when Trudeau attended an Arabian Nights gala hosted by the West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver.
Its an odd turn for a political leader so often praised for being woke and supporting ethnic minorities, however he has since explained the makeup and turban: he was dressing up as Aladdin.
TIME received the image after Vancouver businessman Michael Adamson, who was part of the West Point Grey Academy community, felt it should be made public. He had not attended the party, but saw the image for the first time in July in the 2000-01 yearbook.
Following the publication of the photograph, Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday (September 18):
I shouldnt have done that. I should have known better and I didnt. Im really sorry.
This is something I shouldnt have done many years ago. It was something that I didnt think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist to do, and I am deeply sorry.
Im going to be asking Canadians to forgive me.
Zita Astravas, the media relations lead of the Liberal Party of Canada, which Trudeau is the leader of, also confirmed the photo, explaining the leader had attended an Arabian Nights party and dressed as a character from Aladdin.
Mustafa Farooq, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said that he found the photograph deeply saddening.
As reported by The New York Times, Farooq said:
The wearing of blackface/brownface is reprehensible, and harkens back to a history of racism and an Orientalist mythology, which is unacceptable.
The third case was revealed by Trudeau himself; yesterday he told reporters about a photo from high school in which he is dressed in blackface while performing the song Day-O.
The controversy comes as Trudeau kicked off his re-election campaign just over a week ago. Unsurprisingly, politics have took hold of the situation with a fierce grip.
Andrew Scheer, the Conservative leader and Trudeaus main challenger in the October 21 vote, said the photograph reflected someone with a complete lack of judgment and integrity, and someone who is not fit to govern this country.
Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the New Democratic Party, who is a Sikh, also chimed in. He called the costume and makeup insulting, and demands that he answer for his indiscretion.
As reported by The New York Times, Singh said:
Who is the real Mr Trudeau? Is it the one behind closed doors, the one when the cameras are turned off that no one sees? Is that the real Mr Trudeau? Because more and more, it seems like it is.