I kind of rolled my eyes when I heard about this Justin Trudeau ‘blackface’ thing.
Everything gets called blackface nowadays. I’m no Justin Trudeau fan, but whatever, right?
Well, then I saw the picture and YIKES, folks.
Exclusive: Justin Trudeau wore brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ party while he taught at a private school, Canada's Liberal Party admits https://t.co/j3UobfYNIF
— TIME (@TIME) September 18, 2019
Can’t quite spot him?
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.
I feel like this would have still been super freaking awkward in 2001, right?
You’ve got to give him props, though. HE PAINTED HIS FREAKING HANDS.
That’s black face COMMITMENT!
Trudeau has now addressed the controversial photo: