There are currently three verified incidents of Trudeau in blackface and brownface.
TIME released a report on Wednesday exposing a photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing brownface. The photo was taken during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party at West Point Grey Academy in 2001, where Trudeau was working as a teacher.
Following the release of the photo, Trudeau made an on-camera statement to reporters saying, “I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better and I didn’t. I’m really sorry.” Though he did not consider it racist at the time, Trudeau admitted that wearing brownface was indeed racist.
Trudeau also revealed that there was another occurrence where he wore blackface in high school for a performance of the Jamaican folksong “Day-O” for a talent show. TIME later that day found and confirmed a photo of that performance.
On Thursday, Global News released an exclusive video showing Trudeau in blackface again during the early 1990’s. Andrew Scheer confirmed later that day that the video had been obtained by a source within the Conservative Party and had been handed over to Global News to verify its authenticity. It is unclear exactly when and where the video was taken as the individual believed to have filmed the incident was unwilling to comment or verify any details.
Addressing the video while on a campaign stop in Winnipeg, Trudeau specifically spoke to racialized Canadians stating, “What I did hurt them, hurt people who shouldn’t have to face intolerance and discrimination because of their identity… Darkening your face, regardless of the context or circumstances, is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface. I should have understood that then and I never should have done it.”
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