Listen: Brownface, blackface photos cause scandal for Trudeau
"Will another politician and another black face scandal only this time it is in Canada and it involves the country's prime minister that's right Justin Trudeau the baby faced Liberal Party leader and prime minister since twenty fifteen admitted last night to dressing up for an Arabian nights themed party in a costume that involved him darkening his face neck and hands with make up after time magazine published this photo prime minister Trudeau apologized it was something that I didn't think was racist at the time but now I recognize it was something basis to do and I am deeply sorry we have with us the reporter who broke the story on a per now combine piety of time magazine she's in our studios in New York City thanks for joining us yes things having a since this is a radio show and and many of our listeners might not have seen this photo that you've published yet can you describe for us yeah sure so it's on a your book page that has several photos from the gala and everyone is pretty much wearing most people are wearing some kind of appropriate of costume but the photo of judo specially stands out because he's the only one blatantly who darkened his skin using face paint. and this was at a party some time ago before he got the politics when he when he was teaching in a school right yeah this is correct this is when he was a school teacher. how did you get the photo I mean you're you're not you're not based in Canada right now so I heard about it as a source of gossip in Vancouver community and you know contact just source to see the photo and was sent the your Buck and yeah. so the Vancouver community people were talking about there's just like a line of of of the alumni of the school who was we will discuss it happening I you know I'd people who'd formally worked there parents former parents it wasn't widely talked about that a few people are talking about yeah okay so you confirm its existence with some people you have your hands on it you and the magazine decide to publish it what what did Trudeau's campaign say when you reached out to them great so initially they said we need to take a look at the photograph after being sense of version of photographs they pretty much immediately confirm that it was him we tried speaking to the prime minister's office directly we left several voice mails and from the phone calls but never heard back from them so we decided to go to the campaign. okay so then your prime minister Trudeau who we should say is fighting for his reelection right now he addresses this controversy on his campaign plane talk about that and talk about what the reactions been in Canada since you broke this right so their actions been pretty strong a lot of Canadian politicians and interest groups are talking about it calling upon him for an apology and so far he's been pretty honest and he's admitted to a a past event that mir is this as well. there's another event in in which she was wearing blackface makeup yes so during his address on the airplane he I admitted that he had worn black face during high school during a performance where he was imitating Harry Belafonte. this this is you've just begun your career time magazine is this right is quite a story to to start with yes that's true I stirred quite recently. or a time magazine reporter and Aparna Cumbum piety thanks so much for joining us this"