TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on revelations of Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s past use of blackface, brownface makeup (all times local):
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s wary of being definitive about how many times he’s worn brown or blackface because he didn’t recall the recent pictures that have surfaced.
Trudeau at first did not answer repeated questions about how many times he wore blackface or brownface. He later said he didn’t recall the pictures that surfaced over the last day.
Trudeau’s campaign moved to contain a growing furor Thursday after a yearbook photo surfaced of him in brownface at a 2001 “Arabian Nights” costume party and two other similar incidents came to light.
With his bid for re-election just a month away, the 47-year-old Trudeau begged Canadians to forgive him.
Trudeau says he’s hurt people that thought he was an ally. He says he is an ally to visible minorities and it is something he deeply regrets and shouldn’t have done.
He says it does not represent the person or leader he has become. He says he never talked about it publicly because he’s embarrassed. He says he comes from a place of privilege.
Another instance has emerged of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau using brown and blackface makeup during parties and talent shows as a younger man.
Canada’s Global News television network has broadcast a brief video of Trudeau in blackface while raising his hands in the air and sticking out his tongue.
The network says it obtained the tape but says it’s not clear when and where it was taken.
Time magazine on Wednesday published a photo of the then 29-year-old Trudeau wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck. It was taken at a school’s “Arabian Nights” themed dinner. He also acknowledges performing a blackface version of Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” during a talent show.
Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign is moving to contain a growing scandal following publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. The prime minister has apologized and begged Canadians to forgive him.
Time magazine published the photo on Wednesday, saying it was taken from the yearbook of a private school where Trudeau worked as a teacher before entering politics. It shows the then 29-year-old Trudeau wearing a turban and robe, with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck.
It comes exactly a week after Trudeau launched his reelection campaign.
The prime minister told reporters that he’s angry and disappointed in himself and says he should have known better.