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Justin Trudeau: Video surfaces of third blackface incident

Justin Trudeau: Video surfaces of third blackface incident

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s campaign moved to contain a growing scandal Thursday after a yearbook photo surfaced of him in racist brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party and two other similar incidents also came to light.

With the election a month away, Trudeau apologised and begged Canadians to forgive him.

Time magazine published the photo on Wednesday, saying it was taken from the yearbook from the West Point Grey Academy, a private school in British Columbia where Trudeau worked as a teacher before entering politics. It shows the then-29-year-old Trudeau in a turban and robe with dark makeup on his hands, face and neck.

Trudeau, who launched his re-election campaign a week ago, said he should have known better.

“I’m pissed off at myself. I’m disappointed in myself,” he told reporters on his campaign plane.

Exclusive: Justin Trudeau wore brownface at 2001 ‘Arabian Nights’ party while he taught at a private school, Canada’s Liberal Party admits

— TIME (@TIME) September 18, 2019

The photo of Trudeau was taken at the school’s annual dinner, which had an “Arabian Nights” theme that year, Trudeau said, adding that he was dressed as a character from “Aladdin”.

The prime minister said it was not the first time he darkened his face. He said he once did it while performing a version of Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song (Day-O)” during a talent show.

@JustinTrudeau⁩ in blackface at Jean Brebeuf high school. #cdnpoli #elxn43 #BreakingNews

— Robert Fife (@RobertFife) September 19, 2019

“I should have known better. It was something that I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognise it was something racist to do and I am deeply sorry,” Trudeau said. “I’m going to ask Canadians to forgive me for what I did. I shouldn’t have done that. I take responsibility for it. It was a dumb thing to do.” 

Late on Wednesday, Global News also reported on a third instance, broadcasting a brief video of Trudeau in blackface while raising his hands in the air and sticking out his tongue. A spokeswoman for Trudeau’s Liberal Party said the footage was from the early 1990s. The Canadian TV network said it was not clear where the tape was made.

#BREAKING: A video — obtained exclusively by Global News — shows a third instance of Justin Trudeau in what appears to be racist makeup.#cdnpoli #elxn43

— (@globalnews) September 19, 2019

The furore could spell more trouble for Trudeau, who polls say is facing a serious challenge October 21 from Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

“What Canadians saw this evening was someone with a complete lack of judgment and integrity and someone who is not fit to govern this country,” Scheer said.

The 47-year-old son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was already vulnerable following one of the biggest scandals in Canadian political history, which arose when Trudeau’s former attorney general said he improperly pressured her to halt the prosecution of a company in Quebec. Trudeau has said he was standing up for jobs, but the scandal rocked the government and led to resignations and a drop in his ratings earlier this year.


His quick apology for the yearbook photo did not stem the criticism from political opponents.

“It is insulting. Any time we hear examples of brownface or blackface it’s making a mockery of someone for what they live, for what their lived experiences are. I think he has to answer for it,” said Leftist New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh, who is a Sikh.

Singh added on Twitter, that the scandal is not about Trudeau, but is about “every young person mocked for the colour of their skin”.

He added it’s about “the child who had their turban ripped off their head. And those reliving intense feelings of pain & hurt from past experiences of racism. To you, I say you are loved.”

Tonight is not about the Prime Minister.

It’s about every young person mocked for the colour of their skin.

The child who had their turban ripped off their head.

And those reliving intense feelings of pain & hurt from past experiences of racism.

To you, I say you are loved.

— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) September 19, 2019

Robert Bothwell, a professor of Canadian history and international relations at the University of Toronto, said he was “gobsmacked” by the development.

“We’ll just have to see how the party reacts,” he said. “I’m very curious to know how Liberal members of Parliament that are black will react.”

He added: “The case has never been conclusively made that Justin is a person of substance. I mean, he may well be. But that impression is just not out there.”

‘Won’t drive voters to Conservatives’

Trudeau is the latest in a string of politicians – many of whom are in the US – to get in trouble over racially offensive photos and actions from their younger days.

Earlier this year, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam faced intense pressure to resign after a racist picture surfaced from his 1984 medical school yearbook page. He denied being in the picture but admitted wearing blackface as a young man while portraying Michael Jackson at a dance party in the 1980s. Since then, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has acknowledged wearing blackface in college, and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has apologised donning blackface during a college skit more than 50 years ago. None has resigned.

Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said he does not believe the photo will cause people to vote differently. Wiseman said race and blackface play a much bigger role in US politics than in Canada.

“This is not the type of scandal that will drive voters to the Conservatives,” he said.

#BrownFaceTrudeau trended in Canada on Twitter late on Wednesday and into Thursday, with some saying that the scandal should provide a “teachable moment”.

“I think the only people who have the opportunity to truly comment here are the POC,” said one Twitter user, referring to people of colour. “As POC, I think we should be focussing on this as an opportunity to teach Caucasians why this is offensive versus mudslinging. Let’s use this as an opportunity to learn.”

I think the only people who have the opportunity to truly comment here are the POC. As POC, I think we should be focussing on this as an opportunity to teach Caucasians why this is offensive versus mudslinging. Let’s use this as an opportunity to learn. #BrownFaceTrudeau

— Princess K OUT (@PrincessKOut) September 19, 2019

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Jeffree Star said his face felt ‘basic’ after using Kylie Jenner’s skin-care products, and he’s not the only YouTuber with strong opinions about the line

Jeffree Star said his face felt ‘basic’ after using Kylie Jenner’s skin-care products, and he’s not the only YouTuber with strong opinions about the line

Kylie Skin, a new brand created by Kylie Jenner, launched on May 22 with a range of facial products. Nearly every item in the line, including a controversial walnut scrub, sold out in minutes following the initial launch. But YouTubers don’t seem to be holding back their honest opinions about her products.

On Sunday, beauty mogul Jeffree Star uploaded a video in which he reviewed the Kylie Skin line alongside YouTuber Shane Dawson. At the start of his video, Star said that he was both nervous and excited to try the line.

“I’m a little nervous because when it comes to reviewing anything Kylie, people think there’s past tea — which there is — but like, we don’t care about each other,” Star said in his latest video. “There’s no real animosity. I just don’t really review her stuff anymore on my channel.”

Star and Dawson began by reviewing Jenner’s $10 Makeup Removing Wipes, which they both described as being “a little dry.”

From there, they tried the $24 Foaming Face Wash.

“There is fragrance in here, which I don’t like,” Star said while trying the Kylie Skin Foaming Face Wash. “Skin-care [products] really shouldn’t have added fragrance because it could be an irritant if you have sensitive skin.”

Jeffree Star and Shane Dawson review Kylie Jenner’s skin-care line.
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Next, Dawson said the $22 Vanilla Milk Toner made his skin tingle and turned his face red, while Star said it actually “removed a lot of dirt” on his skin.

To complete their review, Star said the line’s $24 Moisturizer didn’t leave him feeling “as moisturized” as he’d hoped, and compared the $20 Eye Cream to a similar one from skin-care brand Tatcha. Dawson also described the $28 Vitamin C Serum as smelling like “dog bacon,” though he seemed to like the texture of the product.

Overall, Star and Dawson did not like the Kylie Skin line.
Jeffree Star/YouTube

Despite their mixed reviews on the full range of products, Dawson and Star felt, overall, that Jenner’s skin-care line was “basic.”

“I’m gonna be honest,” Dawson said in Star’s video. “Everything to me feels very basic, which is totally fine. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

“My face feels basic,” Star said. “I don’t feel like myself.”

Read more: People are criticizing Kylie Jenner for washing her face while seemingly wearing foundation in a video to promote her new skin-care line

Facialist and YouTuber Caroline Hirons also reviewed the full Kylie Skin collection

In her video, Hirons said she wasn’t a fan of the makeup-removing wipes and walnut scrub, and criticized Jenner’s advertising campaign for the line.

“Not mentioning a dermatologist, and trying to make people think that, perhaps, you could have skin like Kylie just by using this — [Kylie has] got plenty of time to fix it,” Hirons said in her video. “Just be a bit more honest in your future videos.”

Still, Hirons mostly shared praise for the brand.

“What I think we shouldn’t forget is there’s potentially a whole demographic of young people, predominately girls and young women, who previously may have only used a face wipe, and nicked a bit of their mum’s moisturizer,” Hirons said in her video.

“If this is encouraging them to take care of their skin, then I am fully on board,” she continued.

One of the most positive reviews of the Kylie Skin line arguably came from makeup artist Patrick Starrr

Starrr reviewed Jenner’s products after attending the brand’s launch party.

“I got to go to [Kylie Jenner’s] launch party this week, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be honest with you about her new brand,” Starrr said in his video.

While testing the products, Starrr mostly enjoyed each item, though he did say the Foaming Facial Cleanser was scented too strongly for his preferences, and said the packaging for the Vanilla Milk Toner was “not legible,” especially for a “more mature audience.”

At the end of his review, Starrr advised his followers to specifically check out Jenner’s Vitamin C Serum, Eye Cream, and Walnut Scrub, all of which he said he would purchase himself.

Starrr’s review was met with backlash from some viewers who felt that he wasn’t fully honest. Some said they believe Starrr didn’t want to criticize the line in an attempt to stay on Jenner’s public relations list, which would allow him to receive free products from her brand, primarily for reviewing purposes.

“A review from someone who is friends with the owner will NEVER be genuine,” one YouTube user wrote. “That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.”

“I understand it’s hard to say anything bad about your friend’s products but always be honest,” another user commented under Starrr’s video. “You have a big following and people will actually believe anything you say.”

“This review seems so fake,” a YouTube user said. “I feel like he’s reaching for good things to say.”

Representatives for Kylie Jenner, Jeffree Star, Shane Dawson, Caroline Hirons, and Patrick Starrr did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s requests for comment.


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From Makeup Mogul to Tattoo Artist! Kylie Jenner Inks Travis Scott’s Arm During Birthday Party

From Makeup Mogul to Tattoo Artist! Kylie Jenner Inks Travis Scott’s Arm During Birthday Party

Making their love last!

Kylie Jenner gave Travis Scott a very permanent reminder of her love when she tattooed him during his 28th birthday bash on Tuesday.

Celebrity tattoo artist JonBoy, who manned the tattoo station at the party, shared a video of the moment to Instagram on Saturday, captioning the post, “T.S.🖤K.J.”

In the video, Jenner, 21, concentrates as she leans over Scott’s bicep. After she makes her first mark with the tattoo needle, people can be heard cheering in the background. Jenner then leans in more to finish her creation.

After Jenner completes the tattoo, Scott can be seen flashing a big smile.

It’s unclear what design the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star gave her beau, though JonBoy’s caption could be a hint.

Jenner’s handiwork wasn’t the only tattoo the couple walked away with after the party.

Social media posts from the night showed the couple getting inked one after another — this time by JonBoy himself. (It’s unclear whether they got matching tattoos, but it wouldn’t be the first time.)

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The theme of the epic birthday party that Jenner threw for Scott was Cactus Jack, the name of his record label and his adopted nickname.

Her sisters Kendall Jenner, Khloé Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West attended, as well as Kanye West.

Jenner documented the evening in detail on her Instagram Story, revealing in one video that she “creative-directed the whole party.”

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In addition to a slew of personalized snacks and drinks — including Cactus Coolers, Hennessy Slurpees and bars by Kiva Confections — the party featured an entire room designed to mimic a gas station, complete with Cactus Jack-themed cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, motor oil and more. In another room, pairs of Scott’s new Nike sneaker hung from the ceiling.

Jenner and Scott were inseparable throughout the night, with the hostess taking a moment to wish him a happy birthday on the mic and thank their guests for coming.

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Earlier this week, Jenner and Scott sparked engagement rumors yet again when she addressed fans on social media Thursday afternoon and gestured excitedly with her left hand.

On her ring finger, a huge diamond sparkler was difficult to miss, once again igniting speculation that she and her rapper boyfriend could be headed to the altar.

For Scott’s birthday this week, the reality star posted a tribute that further fueled rumors, as the first photo showed Jenner looking surprised and happy on Easter Sunday as Scott was shown from the back, seemingly presenting his girlfriend with something.

“Watching you evolve into the partner, friend, son, and father you are today has been so fulfilling,” Jenner wrote. “My real life bestie & hubby all wrapped into one. I love you and I’m so so proud of you. happy happy birthday.”

Along with the sweet message, Jenner posted a series of photos of the couple that included a few with their 15-month-old daughter Stormi — and it’s clear the star has babies on the brain.

“Let’s f— around and have another baby,” she concluded.


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‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Coming to Switch, What Nintendo Victims Need to Know

‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Coming to Switch, What Nintendo Victims Need to Know

Friday the 13th: The Game is coming to the Nintendo Switch this Spring, Variety announced on Monday.

Called Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Switch Edition, the asymmetric multiplayer horror game will arrive on Switch with all previously released content (with one major exception), including DLC like Jason Kill Packs, Counselor clothing and emotes. Nintendo Switch players won’t be getting their hands on the Kickstarter exclusive Jason Voorhees designed by special makeup effects legend Tom Savini.

What Nintendo Switch Players Should Know About Friday the 13th: The Game

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In Friday the 13th: The Game, players are either camp counselors or the unstoppable killer Jason Voorhees. In each 20-minute game round, counselors work to escape the campgrounds, coordinating to fix a car or boat, call the police, set traps and otherwise do whatever they can to survive the night. But one player will be Jason, hunting them down one by one and growing more powerful as the round goes on.

There are 14 counselor characters in Friday the 13th: The Game, each a different slasher victim archetype, like “The Stoner,” “The Girl Next Door,” “The Nerd” and “The Jock.” Each counselor has different strengths and weaknesses, such as the ability to run for a longer time or repair faster. There’s also a 15th player-character pulled straight from the Friday the 13th movie series: Jason hunter Tommy Jarvis, who appears in four movies (one only in flashbacks). Players who are killed by Jason have a chance of returning to the map as Tommy, whose maxed out stats make him a powerful ally to players struggling to survive.

friday-the-13th-the-game-switch-tommy-jarvis Tommy Jarvis can stand up to Jason better than other counselors in “Friday the 13th: The Game.” Gun Media

Friday the 13th: The Game also features eight different versions of Jason Voorhees, perfectly recreating how the hockey-masked killer appears in Friday the 13th: Part 2, Friday the 13th Part III, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and also Jason copycat killer Roy Burns from Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. In addition, Friday the 13th: The Game features two alternate skins for the character, including a purple and blue Jason Voorhees modeled after his appearance in the NES video game.

friday-the-13th-the-game-retro-jason The retro NES Jason Voorhees from ‘Friday the 13th: The Game.’ Gun Media

In 2016, I wrote about the incredible lengths the Friday the 13th: The Game team went in recreating Jason, including a motion-capture performance from Kane Hodder, who played Jason in four movies.

Jason will kill counselors on the Nintendo Switch across eight different maps, including Camp Crystal Lake from the original movie and locations from four other Friday the 13th movies, plus smaller variants of several maps designed for rounds with fewer players or anyone looking for a more frantic, difficult battle with Jason.

friday-the-13th-the-game-map The Camp Crystal Lake map in “Friday the 13th: The Game.” Gun Media

Friday the 13th: The Game doesn’t play like many other multiplayer games. Executive producer Randy Greenback describes the gameplay as “hide and seek meets murder” and that’s close enough. Counselors will spend the early part of each round searching through cabins with their flashlights, looking for maps, fuses to get the electricity back on, car parts, walkie talkies, pocket knives and weapons that could help them temporarily knock back a pursuing Jason.

Jason plays very differently. Jason has multiple powers, including the ability to teleport around the map to pop up right behind players, enhanced senses and a Rage mode that will let you bash through doors and walls in pursuit of counselors.

Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Switch Edition won’t include any changes from the most recent versions of the game released to PC, Xbox and PS4, due to an ongoing legal battle over the Friday the 13th film franchise between original Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller and the series producer Sean Cunningham, who directed the original movie. Most recently, a judge ruled that Miller was the sole owner of the Friday the 13th screenplay, but didn’t clarify ownership over series’ killer Jason Voorhees (who only appears as a child in the original), essentially splitting rights to the series. No settlement has been reached between the two parties, putting future Friday the 13th projects, including movies and video games, on an indefinite hold.

Due to the lawsuit, Friday the 13th: The Game ceased ongoing development in June 2018. “Development on games can’t just pause indefinitely and pick back up again; it doesn’t work that way,” Creative Director Wes Keltner wrote on the Friday the 13th: The Game forums. “We can’t add any content, whatsoever. Nada. Not even a new tree or rock.”

Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Switch Edition will be released this Spring, from publisher Gun Media and development partners Black Tower Studios and Nighthawk Interactive.

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Meghan Markle Has Never Worn Her Hair Like This Before

Meghan Markle Has Never Worn Her Hair Like This Before

Meghan Markle is making 2019 the year of taking beauty risks. January isn’t even officially over yet and she’s already swapped her go-to nude gloss for a berry lip stain, and this week she’s tried not one, but two new hairstyles she’s never worn before.

Today was full of firsts for the Duchess of Sussex. She made her first official visit to the Association Of Commonwealth Universities as an appointed patron with Prince Harry, and she styled her hair in the highest, sleekest bun she’s worn yet. Instead of leaving her hair center-parted, Markle brushed it all back into a twisted knot that sat at the crown of her head. 

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And that’s not even the only surprising way Markle experimented with her signature updo in the past 24 hours. Yesterday, for a visit to London’s National Theatre, the Duchess parted her hair off to the side before pulling back into a the low, messy bun we all know and love. She kept a front piece out, which she casually tucked behind her ear. 

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Given that it’s only Thursday, there’s still a few days left in this exciting week of royal hairstyles, which is ample time for Markle to try another look or two. Perhaps Markle will get really wild and try a braid or beachy waves next? The Duchess hair watch is on. 

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