A controversial photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went viral after it showed him wearing brownface during a school event in 2001.
According to TIME Magazine, the photo of Trudeau was captured while he was a teacher at a private school in 2001. He wore brownface makeup and a turban to the “Arabian Nights” gala at the West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver. The current prime minister also darkened his hand and wore long white robes to “fit” his costume. Since the photo’s reveal, a statement was released by Trudeau’s Liberal Party confirming its existence.
“It was a photo taken while he was teaching in Vancouver, at the school’s annual dinner which had a costume theme of ‘Arabian Nights.’ He attended with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin,”
The racially insensitive photo comes weeks after Trudeau launched his re-election campaign.
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Several Twitter users expressed their dismay for Trudeau’s photo due to its content since he is known for his very liberal views.
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