Poll: Almost a third of Brits say ‘blackface’ is acceptable

Justin Trudeau is at the centre of a blackface scandal

Friday, September 20, 2019

A new poll has shown that almost a third of Britons think wearing blackface makeup is acceptable – while 42 per cent disagree.

The YouGov survey asked 2,843 British adults whether it was acceptable or unacceptable for a white person to wear blackface makeup.

It comes after images were uncovered of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau wearing dark makeup at an “Arabian Nights” fancy dress event in 2001.

The results of the weighted poll showed that 32 per cent of Brits thought wearing blackface makeup was acceptable compared to 42 per cent who said it was not.

The remaining percentage said they did not know.

When broken down, the survey results showed that British opinions differed with age.

Two-thirds of those aged between 18 and 24 considered blackface makeup unacceptable, compared to just 29 per cent of people aged 65 and above.

Gender also played a role with more men (39 per cent) being okay with it than woman (26 per cent).

Mr Trudeau is the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party and who will shortly begin his campaign for re-election as Prime Minister.

After the photos surfaced he apologised, saying that darkening one’s skin is “always unacceptable” and that he “deeply regrets” his actions.

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

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