Justin Trudeau Apology Transcript: Trudeau Apologizes for “Brown Face” Makeup
Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, issued an apology for his use of brown face makeup at an “Arabian nights” theme party in 2001. Trudeau dressed up as Aladdin at the party and was pictures in brown face makeup. Read the full transcript of his apology to the press.
Justin Trudeau: 00:00 In 2001, when I was a teacher out in Vancouver, I attended an end of year gala where the theme was Arabian nights, and I dressed up in an Aladdin costume and put makeup on. I shouldn’t have done that. I should’ve known better, but I didn’t and I’m really sorry.
Speaker 2: 00:27 Do you think you should resign?
Speaker 3: 00:27 [crosstalk 00:00:27] would you have called for them to step down?
Justin Trudeau: 00:29 I think there are people who’ve made mistakes in this life and you make decisions based on what they actually do, what they did, and on a case-by-case basis. I think I deeply regret that I did that. I should have known better, but I didn’t. And I-
Speaker 2: 00:50 Do you think you should resign?
Speaker 4: 00:51 Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Trudeau [crosstalk 00:00:52].
Speaker 5: 00:53 How do you feel about this coming out right now in the campaign?
Justin Trudeau: 00:55 Obviously, I regret that I did it. It’s not about timing. It’s about having done something that I shouldn’t have done and I’m really sorry I did.