Third instance of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface surfaces

Thursday - 19/09/2019 15:31
Sean Kilpatrick / AP
Sean Kilpatrick / AP
Trudeau admitted Wednesday to two instances of him wearing darkened makeup, but did not mention a third.

By Elisha Fieldstadt and Caroline Radnofsky

A third instance of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dressed in a costume and covered in blackface surfaced Thursday, hours after he admitted to two previous instances where he dramatically darkened his face.

The video, showing Trudeau gesturing and sticking his tongue out while wearing dark makeup on his face, arms and legs was exposed by the Canadian network Global News, which reported they obtained the clip earlier this week. Trudeau can be seen wearing a black wig, along with ripped pants.


A spokesperson for Trudeau's party, the Liberal Party of Canada, confirmed to NBC News that the person in the video, which was taken in the 1990s, is the prime minister.

A photo of a separate incident, published by the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, also shows Trudeau in a dark makeup and a wig. He is wearing a blazer and white pants.

The spokesperson for the Liberal Party of Canada said that Trudeau was the person in the photo, which was taken during a high school talent show at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in the late 1980s. The spokesperson added that the photo is the one Trudeau was referring to when he said Wednesday night that, while in high school, he had "dressed up at a talent show and sang 'Day-o' — in makeup."

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