Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Embroiled in Blackface Controversy

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Embroiled in Blackface Controversy
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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Embroiled in Blackface Controversy
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Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to blame his privileged upbringing for his past use of blackface. Trudeau made the statements while speaking to reporters aboard his plane. So far, photos and video appear to show Trudeau wearing blackface on three separate occasions.

“I’ve always acknowledged that I come from a place of privilege but now I need to acknowledge that that comes with a massive blindspot,” Trudeau told reporters. “I should have understood that then, and I never should have done it.”

The Canadian Prime Minister admitted that he was unsure if he had worn blackface more than three times. “I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out, I had not remembered,” Trudeau said. “And, the question is, how can you not remember that? The fact is, I didn’t understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every single day.”

The photos and video surfaced within 24 hours of each other, less than a month after Trudeau announced his reelection campaign. Time Magazine published the first photo, which shows Trudeau wearing a turban and dark makeup at a party in 2001. The image was taken from the school yearbook of a private school where Trudeau taught.

The second photo was tweeted by Robert Fife of the Globe and Mail. The image shows Trudeau wearing an afro wig while singing “Day-O” at his high school in the early 1990s. He again appears to be wearing blackface in the photo.

The latest images were obtained by Global News. Trudeau can be seen wearing blackface over his entire body in a video obtained by the network. The outlet says they spent days confirming the authenticity of the video before releasing it.

“I’m pissed off at myself, I’m disappointed in myself,” Trudeau said about the controversy. “I should have known better then but I didn’t, and I am deeply sorry for it. I’m going to ask Canadians to forgive me for what I did. I shouldn’t have done that. I take responsibility for it.”

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