Canadian PM Trudeau’s brownface picture scandal deepens as other images emerge

OTTAWA (Reuters): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brownface picture scandal deepened on Thursday as other images of him emerged wearing dark make-up only hours after he had apologized for what he characterized as a racist act at a 2001 costume party.

With less than five weeks to go before a national election, Time magazine published a picture of him on Wednesday in brownface from an “Arabian Nights” party when he was a 29-year-old teacher at a private school in Vancouver.

During his apology, he also admitted to performing “Day O”, a traditional Jamaican song made famous by Harry Belafonte, in brownface during a high school talent show years earlier. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. then published a picture from that performance that was confirmed as authentic by a spokeswoman.

Also, Global News put out a video showing Trudeau again in dark make-up making faces and sticking his tongue out. It was not immediately clear when that video was from.

“We can confirm that it is him and it’s from the early 1990s,” a Liberal official said of the video without clarifying exactly when the video was shot.

Trudeau was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for a campaign stop, and he will speak to reporters at an event there at 2:15 p.m. ET. He was spending the morning calling “many” Liberal candidates and community leaders to fully apologize for what he did, spokeswoman Eleanore Catenaro said.

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