If there’s one thing we’ve learned here in the United States, it’s that if you’re a liberal, you can politically survive a yearbook photo showing you either in blackface or a Klan uniform, so we don’t think Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau really has to worry about a picture of him in “brownface” for an “Arabian Nights”-themed party.

TIME reports:

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001. TIME has obtained a photograph of the incident.

The photograph has not been previously reported. The picture was taken at an “Arabian Nights”-themed gala. It shows Trudeau, then the 29-year-old son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands completely darkened. The photograph appears in the 2000-2001 yearbook of West Point Grey Academy, a private day school where Trudeau was a teacher.

Hey … this was all the way back in 2001; it was a different time.

Yep, that’s how it works now. It ain’t 2001 anymore.


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