The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, has apologized for a of him in brownface. This is the wearing of face make-up to look like a brown-skinned . It used to be in theatrical , but it is racist, offensive and disrespectful. The photo of Mr Trudeau wearing brownface was given to Time magazine on Wednesday. It was taken when he was a in 2001. He was attending an end-of-year school that had an Arabian Nights theme. He put on dark brown make-up to dress as a from Aladdin. Mr Trudeau said he was sorry for the photo. He told : "I shouldn't have done . I should have known , but I didn't. "And I'm really sorry."
The photo could mean for Mr Trudeau. He is running for re-election as Canada's and is neck-and- in the polls. His biggest told reporters: "Like all Canadians, I was extremely shocked and when I learned of Justin Trudeau's actions this evening. Wearing brownface is an act of open mockery and . It was just as racist in 2001 as it is in 2019." He added: "What Canadians saw this was someone...who's not fit to govern this ." Another election hopeful, Jagmeet Singh, said "We see one Mr. Trudeau in public, and I'll be honest with you, he seems really - very friendly, very warm....But behind closed doors, he seems like he's a Mr. Trudeau."