Trevor Noah attends Gala Time 2019 100 on April 23 in New York. (Photo: Charles Sykes / Invasion / AP)
The Canadian prime minister apologized on Wednesday after a 2001 photo of himself wearing a dark makeup, dating back to when he was a 29-year-old teacher.
He told reporters that the photo was from a time when he was a teacher at West Point Gray Academy. He attended a gala at the end of the year, "where the theme was" Arabian Nights. "
"I dressed in Aladdin's suit and made up," he continued. "I shouldn't have done it. I should have known better, but I didn't," he said. "And I'm really sorry."
Trudeau also admitted that he used to dress similarly during a high school talent show, saying he wore "makeup" to perform "Day-O," traditional Jamaican folk tune sung by legendary African-American performer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.
During an episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Thursday, the late-night host responded to the dispute.
"This is not a good person. You realize what happened here. Trudeau apologized for the black color and eventually admitted to more," he said. "He's like, 'I made brown for Aladdin and did blackface for when I sang the song' Day-O 'and now, if you'll excuse me, it's daylight and I want to go home. ""
He went on, "It's also funny how Trudeau says he did just that because he's more enthusiastic about costumes than appropriate. Because in addition to being problematic, it also sounds like Justin Trudeau would be the most annoying Halloween person. "
" As if he was taking on so much, I bet his wife was like, 'Justin, have you seen my keys?' He's like, 'I'm not Justin, I'm the Hulk,' "Noah joked.
] As the election in Canada approaches, Noah also wondered if this scandal would hurt Trudeau's chances of being re-elected.
"To be honest, I'm just sad to see another black man be taken down," he jokes. It breaks my heart. "
Contributor: Savannah Berman
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