Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was called out on his painting his skin brown at a party years ago when he was working as a teacher.
But he wasn’t called out by adults this time, it was by children. Two kids from an episode of “New Mom, Who Dis?” which is a show that airs on Facebook Watch, asked him plainly, “Why did you paint your face brown?
Trudeau said, “Ooh, it was something I shouldn’t have done because it hurt people,” he said. “It’s not something that you should do and that is something that I learned. I didn’t know it back then but I know it now — and I’m sorry I hurt people.”
Trudeau apologized last month for wearing brownface makeup to an “Arabian Nights” party at the private school where he was teaching in 2001, saying, “I should have known better.”
A photo showed Trudeau, then the 29-year-old son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, clad in a white turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened significantly.
Wednesday’s episode, hosted by Canadian TV personality Jessi Cruickshank, showed the girl following up by asking Trudeau whether he painted both his hands and nose brown. “Yeah and it was the wrong thing to do,” the prime minister responded.
Trudeau continued, “And I had a good conversation with my kids around taking responsibility for my mistakes and making sure that we’re always sticking up for each other and not teasing each other and being respectful towards each other.
“And I’m sorry that I hurt you as well. I’m sorry that I hurt kids who … face teasing and discrimination because of the color of their skin. That’s just not right in this country or anywhere around the world. We all have to work together to make sure that that doesn’t happen.”