Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been praised for his inclusive policies and beliefs in the past, has recently become the latest public figure exposed for a past instance of sporting blackface — or, in this case, "brownface."
While the politician was being criticized for the incident, which occurred in 2001, several people have come to his defense on social media, and they are citing the 2004 film White Chicks in an attempt to prove that the outrage is unnecessary.
Earlier this week, a photo of Trudeau surfaced online showing him dressed in a costume with his skin complexion drastically darker than its natural tone. He was 30 at the time.
In an apology posted to CBS News, Trudeau owned up to the offensive costume, explaining that he insensitively chose to alter his complexion while dressing as Aladdin at a costume party.
"I shouldn't have done it," he said. "I should have known better, but I didn't, and I'm really sorry."
Take a look at his full apology, below:
While many have already forgiven him, especially since he outwardly acknowledged that it was offensive to Black and brown people, others took to Twitter to claim his apology was unwarranted.
One user declared, "I don't think brownface or blackface in a costume is racist," since it is "just a costume to represent people who have brown & black faces."
Take a look, below:
Several other Twitter users shared his sentiment, wasting no time spewing their blanketed racism with the same comparison:
The bigotry just never seems to end — ever.
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