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Canada's Justin Trudeau apologizes for brownface photo






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Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has apologized for photos of him in brownface. This is using make-up to look like a brown-skinned person. It is a racist, offensive and disrespectful act. A photo of Mr Trudeau in brownface was given to Time magazine. It was taken when he was a teacher in 2001 at an end-of-year school gala. Trudeau put on dark brown make-up to dress as a character from Aladdin. Mr Trudeau said he was sorry for the photo. He told reporters: "I shouldn't have done it. I should have known better, but I didn't. And I'm really sorry."

The photo could mean trouble for Mr Trudeau. He wants to be re-elected as Canada's leader. His biggest rival told reporters: "Like all Canadians, I was extremely shocked and disappointed when I learned of Justin Trudeau's actions this evening. Wearing brownface is an act of...racism. It was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2019." He added that Mr Trudeau was "not fit to govern this country". Another politician said "We see one Mr. Trudeau in public and I'll be honest with you, he seems really nice - very friendly, very warm....But behind closed doors, he seems like he's...different."

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