It's sad to see that the leaders of such a progressive society have been involved in problematic cases such as the one I'm going to tell you about. Justin Trudeau has been known for his kindness, his compassion, and his overall generosity. That's what makes him such a loveable character.
However, this particular story could be an inch away from tainting his credibility forever. I'm disappointed to tell you that some very disturbing photographs and a video of the Canadian prime minister have emerged online. He is seen to be in "brownface" and "blackface" on more than just one occasion. In no way, shape, or form is blackface or brownface acceptable. And I'm going to tell you why.
Keep reading for all the details as well as Trudeau's response to his actions...
You've heard of Justin Trudeau, right?
via: Getty ImagesIt is rumored that our neighbors, in Canada, have been blessed with a leader that is kind and compassionate. Or so I've heard.
Trudeau has been known for his inclusive policies.
via: Getty ImagesThe reason that he seems to win the popular vote every single time is that he has policies that are good for the country as a whole. Not just for the rich. Or the white. For everyone. And he agrees that climate change is a big issue. Extra brownie points on that one.
But things have taken a turn for the worst.
via: Getty ImagesWith the Candian elections looming over the country, there is no room to f*ck things up now. But it seems as if, sometimes, it just takes a little digging and, from being on top of the world, you can be thrown down into the dumps.
And that's exactly what happened to Justin.
via: Getty ImagesTime magazine recently got their hands on a bunch of old photos of Trudeau from when he used to teach in West Point Grey Academy, a private school in Vancouver.
Trudeau taught there for a couple of years when he was twenty-nine years old.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, during his time there, there was an "Arabian Nights" themed party where everyone went dressed up in costumes which were typical of "Arab" culture.
However, Trudeau took his "costume" one step further.
via: TimeInstead of just coming in a long white two-piece as everyone else did, Justin decided he was going to go all "Aladdin" on everyone, throwing on a white turban and painting his hands, neck, and face dark brown. A classic brownface case.
The picture shows him surrounded by a bunch of girls...
via: TimeWho, very wisely, decided to just come sporting their natural skin colors but still in traditionally stereotypical Arab outfits. Understandable, because it was themed that way. However, what I can't seem to understand is why in the name of sweet baby Jesus, Trudeau decided it would be acceptable to smother himself in dark brown paint for the occasion.
It clearly wasn't a requirement, but he did it anyway.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, sadly, this isn't even the first time a tasteless incident has occurred. In a similar manner to this one, Trudeau was seen in blackface while singing a Jamaican folk song for a school talent show.
Where's the evidence?
via: TimeWe don't need any. He admitted it himself. But, just in case you don't believe me, or the man himself, Time Magazine got their hands on the second photo, too.
A third incident has blown the whole situation out of control.
via: Global NewsA video of the Candian prime minister has taken hold of all the headlines. It shows him in blackface, yet again, with a wig on, raising his hands above his head. It appears as if he's yelling something but there is no sound. Keep scrolling for the shocking video at the end of this article. It is very disturbing, to say the least.
Personally, I'm just in shock.
via: Getty ImagesI was such a fan, but now, now I just don't know what to think. For a man that goes on and on about tolerance and diversity, he really has a nerve. How do you base your entire career on aspects of society that you've never really respected? Was it all fake for a bunch of votes? It really does damage his credibility.
What makes it worse is the fact that he's done so much good work as a leader.
via: Getty ImagesHowever, that doesn't cancel anything. And those of you that want to defend him with the line: "But he was young..." or "It was in the past..." Do me a favor and leave. He was a twenty-nine-year-old man. A teacher. So don't come through telling me that he "didn't understand what he was doing."
So, why is blackface so problematic?
via: Getty ImagesFor those of you that still don't seem to understand why black/brown face is so offensive, firstly, sort yourselves out. Secondly, I've got the facts here for you.
Throughout history, white people, in particular, would paint their faces black in order to degrade black people.
via: Getty ImagesLook it up. It happened in all sorts of places. From comedy shows to Halloween costumes. They would compare them to monkeys while simultaneously acting in a humiliating manner to depict black people as uncivilized.
It's extremely offensive.
via: Getty ImagesSo, in all cases, avoid it. You can still be Samuel L. Jackson for Halloween without painting yourself black. Just get a beret, a blazer, and some thick-framed glasses. Easy.
This is going to be extremely harmful for Trudeau, especially right now.
via: Getty ImagesIn the wake of his re-election, this couldn't come at a worse time. But, to be honest, if this came out at any time during his entire reign as prime minister, things would be as awkward as they are now.
Thankfully, unlike other politicians, Trudeau took fully accountability for his actions.
via: Getty ImagesThis doesn't take away from his disgusting actions, but I'm glad one world leader has finally realized his faults and apologized for them. This is what he had to say: “I apologize profoundly. I regret it deeply. I’m deeply sorry I did that, I should have known better."
He then went onto say this:
via: Getty Images“It was something I should not have done. I didn’t think it was racist at the time, but now I see, it was a racist thing to do. In 2001, when I was a teacher in Vancouver, I attended an end-of-year gala, the theme was Arabian nights. I dressed up in an Aladdin costume and put makeup on. I shouldn’t have done it. I should have known better, but I didn’t and I’m really sorry."
His opposition, Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, quickly capitalized on the downfall, expressing this:
via: Getty Images"I am extremely shocked and disappointed. It was racist in 2001, it’s racist now." But then again, he has been criticized for being homophobic and racist by his own party members... So he doesn't even deserve a second glance. Bye, Andrew.
Jagmeet Singh, the first colored New Democratic leader who also wears a turban, expressed his issues with this revelation.
via: Getty ImagesAt first, he condemned the images, and then later went on to say this: "The kids that see this image the people who see this image are going to think about all the times in their life that they were made fun of, that they were hurt… that they were insulted, that they were made to feel less, because of who they are. Please reach out to loved ones. Please reach out to people who are suffering in silence right now. Please let them know they are loved. And they are celebrated for who they are." That's an important message to share.