Lenny Henry introduces himself as Trudeau after 'brownface' scandal

He was speaking at a Royal Television Society event

Friday, September 20, 2019

Comedian Lenny Henry introduced himself as Justin Trudeau at a Royal Television Society event, after images emerged of the Canadian Prime Minister wearing 'brownface'.

The 61-year-old made the gag before beginning a talk on diversity within the television industry, with the opening line: “Hello, I’m Justin Trudeau".

The Canadian leader apologised yesterday after pictures of him wearing a turban and robe with dark make-up on his hands and face at an 'Arabian Nights' event were uncovered.

Mr Trudeau said he “deeply regrets” wearing the costume to the event in 2001 at a school he once taught at.

The photo was published in a 2001 yearbook

“Darkening your face regardless of the context or the circumstances is always unacceptable because of the racist history of blackface," he said in his apology.

“I should have understood that then and I never should have done it."

Hours after his apology, another two pictures of the Canadian leader wearing dark make-up have appeared, prompting Trudeau to reveal he did not recall how many times he had worn it.

Canada's Global News television network broadcast a brief video of Mr Trudeau raising his hands in the air and sticking out his tongue with his face painted black.

Another showed him performing in dark make-up and an afro wig at a talent show.

“I didn’t consider it racist at the time, but now we know better," he said.

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