Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore blackface in a picture in 2001. While apologizing for that, he also admitted to having worn blackface in high school. And now, a new video obtained by Canada's Global News shows yet another occasion in which Trudeau decided his white skin just wouldn't do for a costume.
That's right: Within a 12-hour period, two photos and one video of Trudeau wearing blackface were made public, dealing severe blows to the career of a man who has built his political reputation on diversity and inclusiveness.
Time magazine got things started Wednesday with a picture of Trudeau in blackface at a 2001 "Arabian Nights" party at a school where he was a teacher.
Trudeau then tried to get ahead of things by admitting that he wore blackface during a high school talent show.
He didn't get quite far enough ahead of the situation, apparently, as Global News on Thursday published a video reportedly recorded in the early 1990s of Trudeau in blackface once again.
Justin Trudeau seen in blackface in exclusive video youtu.be
Trudeau has, of course, apologized, saying he didn't know blackface was racist back in 2001 (even though pretty much everyone else had known and agreed it was racist for decades). He also offered up an explanation for why he felt his costumes were insufficient without him painting his face, arms, and hands black.
"I've always — and you'll know this — been more enthusiastic about costumes than is sometimes appropriate," Trudeau admitted.
Enthusiastic, indeed. No one else in the photos seems to have felt the need to wear blackface to the party. And although many of us know that person who goes to the extreme for Halloween, even those people usually have enough sense not to wear blackface.
The timing of the release of these damaging photos and videos is probably not coincidental — Trudeau just began his reelection campaign last week. The election is Oct. 21.