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Trudeau deals with brownface scandal

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/19/19, 12:23 pm

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday for wearing racially offensive costumes in his younger years. A photo from 2011 published in Time magazine showed him in brownface at an “Arabian Nights” party when he worked as a teacher at West Point Grey Academy in British Columbia. Trudeau was 29 at the time. “I should have known better then, but I didn’t, and I am deeply sorry for it,” he said.

How will this affect his reelection chances? Trudeau is already on shaky ground with voters after an ethics scandal came to light over the summer. He has admitted to wearing dark makeup with a costume one other time, and a separate photo of him in blackface from the early 1990s also surfaced. His opponent, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, said Trudeau “is not fit to govern this country.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Hawkdriver
    Posted: Thu, 09/19/2019 04:05 pm

    At age 29 he didn't know what he was doing was not good?  Think about that.

  • Janet B
    Posted: Thu, 09/19/2019 07:25 pm

    I do not agree with just about any of Mr. Trudeau's political points of view.  But I am sick and tired of everyone getting offended over this kind of thing.  

    A very pale man dressing up at a party celebrating a culture with dark skin adds darker color to his face to be more authentic, and that is offensive for what reason?  Did he do it to be offensive, to dismiss or make fun of people from Arabia?  Did anyone even ask him that? 

    More than that, I am concerned that we are being taken over by people whose major goal seems to be getting offended. It seems that being offended is the new way to get what you want, be it prestige or notice or control or power.

    This is not a good thing.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 09/20/2019 12:07 pm

    Thank you for saying this, Janet B. What ever happened to just shrugging off things like this?   To me, taking such huge offense because someone said a particular word or dressed in a particular costume is just ridiculous. Especially ridiculous when the incident happened years ago. 

    Another thing that rankles me is the left's constantly calling opponents “racist” even when race has played little or no part in whatever has the left riled up at some particular time. And equally irritating is the way some fear being called “racist” so much that they furiously backpedal and bow to the accusers in order to avoid that dreaded label. 

    Words. Just words. They need not have such power over us.