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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes for wearing Brownface make-up on a costume party in 2001.
"I should have known better, but I did not and I am very sorry," he said to reporters in his campaign plane in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The unveiling was first reported late Wednesday from Time magazine, which released a Trudeau image with a turban and robe and dark make-up on the face. Neck and hands for an Arabian Nights party at a private school where he taught before joining politics.
When he was 29 years old, Trudeau said about the Aladdin costume and make-up: "It was stupid what to do."
"I'm mad at myself, I'm disappointed in myself." , he added.
The Prime Minister, who had launched his re-election campaign a week ago, also admitted that there was another time he had worn make-up.
Trudeau said he had done it in a high school talent show while he was singing The reaction of Trudeau's political opponent was immediate.
Canada's Conservative leader Andrew Scheer defying Trudeau in the federal elections on October 21, said The Prime Minister's photo was racist in 2001 and is racist in 2019.
"The Canadians saw somebody with a complete lack of judgment and integrity tonight, and someone who is unable to govern this country," Scheer quoted The Associated Press.
Trudeau, who claimed to have worked all his life against racism and intolerance, realized that the brownface make-up was "racist."