BREAKING: Trudeau Admits Wearing “Brownface” After 2001 Party Photo Surfaces

Moments ago, CBC news posted a video of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau responding to a photo obtained by Time Magazine that shows him in brownface makeup at an ‘Arabian Nights’ party in 2001.

Many on social media expressed outrage at the photo.

Rosa Hwang wrote:

Justin Trudeau has been Prime Minister since 2015, Liberal Leader since 2013 and an MP since 2008. How did a photo taken in 2001 and published in a yearbook stay under wraps for so long? Who vetted the candidate? The leader? The PM?

Dirka Prout wrote:

It’s incredibly hurtful to see that this is how Trudeau behaves behind closed doors. We need a leader that genuinely understands the struggles of racialized Canadians. We deserve better than this ignorance.

People reports Justin Trudeau is taking blame after an old photo recently surfaced showing him in brownface.

The Canadian prime minister addressed the incident during a press conference on Wednesday, just hours after a photograph obtained by TIME was released, showing Trudeau with dark paint over his face, neck and hands as he wore a white robe and turban.

A then-29-year-old Trudeau and the four women surrounding him were attending an “Arabian Nights”-themed party at West Point Grey Academy — the private co-ed day school where he taught — when the photo was snapped for the 2000 to 2001 yearbook, according to TIME.

While speaking to reporters at the press conference, Trudeau, 47, confirmed that he was the one pictured in the photograph and expressed remorse for his decision to wear brownface at the party.

“I attended an end of year gala where the theme was Arabian nights. I dressed up in an Aladdin costume and put makeup on,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “I shouldn’t have done that. I should have known better, but I didn’t, and I’m really sorry.”

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