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WorldJustin Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface during 2001 event at school

03:50  19 september  2019
03:50  19 september  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Canada’s Justin Trudeau has apologised for wearing brownface during an event in 2001 . Justin Trudeau has apologised for wearing brownface makeup to a party when he was a teacher in “I apologise profoundly,” said Trudeau on Wednesday night after the photograph was published.

During a campaign event Wednesday, New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh said the photo On Wednesday evening, Trudeau apologized for wearing brownface makeup at the 2001 party. Last year, Trudeau , his wife and their kids were all criticized for wearing Indian garb on a trip to India.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday after a photo emerged of him wearing brownface during a school event in 2001.

Justin Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface during 2001 event at school © Thomson Reuters Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference at Rideau Hall after asking Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, and mark the start of a federal election campaign in Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Patrick Doyle

"I shouldn't have done it. I should have known better, but I didn't," he told reporters on an airplane. "And I'm really sorry."

It was a photo taken when he was a teacher in 2001, attending an end-of-the-year gala with an "Arabian Nights" theme, he said.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore " brownface " at a private school gala nearly two decades ago, a photo obtained by Time Magazine suggests. Zita Astravas, spokeswoman for Mr Trudeau 's Liberal Party, confirmed in Time's report he was in the image. The 2001 yearbook picture

Photo shows Canadian PM Justin Trudeau wearing brownface at 2001 party. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is under fire after a photo emerged of him wearing brownface to a party at a school where he was a teacher nearly 20 years ago.

The future prime minister attended the event with friends and colleagues dressed as a character from Aladdin, said Zita Astravas, speaking on behalf of Trudeau's party, the Liberal Party of Canada. He was wearing a turban.

The existence of the photograph was first reported by Time.

Trudeau, 47, was sworn in as prime minister in November 2015. Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, is the first child of a Canadian prime minister to become prime minister himself.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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