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Obama endorses Canada’s Justin Trudeau for another term in spite of blackface scandal

Obama endorses Canada’s Justin Trudeau for another term in spite of blackface scandal

Barrack Obama and Justin Trudeau (AP Photo/Salon)

Trudeau’s reputation took a hit last month after a series of racist images showed him wearing offensive makeup

Matthew Rozsa
October 17, 2019 6:28PM (UTC)

Former President Barack Obama endorsed the world leader for another term in the final sprint to Monday’s election in spite of recent revelations that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore both black- and brownface in the past.

I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President,” Obama wrote Wednesday in a tweet. “He’s a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term.”

Trudeau responded to Obama’s endorsement by saying, “Thanks my friend, we’re working hard to keep our progress going.”

While some critics attempted to characterize Obama’s tweet as “foreign interference” in Canadian elections, the agency overseeing the country’s elections said it was not inappropriate about foreigners to express a preference regarding the outcome of the upcoming contest.

“Whether expenses were incurred, who incurred them and for what reason would be among the factors that need to be considered before determining if undue foreign influence has taken place,” Elections Canada spokeswoman Natasha Gauthier told the BBC.

Obama’s support for Trudeau comes at a sensitive time for the Canadian prime minister, who was once a darling among progressives. Last month, Trudeau’s reputation took a hit after a series of racist photographs and videos surfaced showing Trudeau wearing offensive makeup. One photograph showed Trudeau as a 29-year-old teacher attending an “Arabian Nights”-themed gala in brownface, a turban and robes.

Since then, Trudeau has admitted to dressing up in blackface to perform the Jamaican folk song “Day-O” while in high school, according to the New York Times. The Canadian publication Global News also published a video of Trudeau wearing blackface and an Afro in the early 1990s.

“I should have known better, but I didn’t,” the prime minister told reporters at the time, “And I’m really sorry.” He added that “it was something I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist to do.”

Trudeau joined a long list of politicians who have been revealed to have darkened their skin in past racist incidents in 2019. Although she claims she does not remember doing so, it was revealed that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, smeared black paint on her face for a comedy sketch while she was a student at Auburn University in the 1960s. While Ivey expressed “genuine remorse” for the incident, she refused to resign, saying: “That happened 52 years ago, and I’m not that person.”

Earlier this year, a photograph on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in his 1984 medical school yearbook was revealed showing one man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan regalia. Although Northam initially admitted to being one of the two people in the photograph, he later reversed that claim. Northam resisted calls for his resignation despite Republicans attacks, which included President Donald Trump.

“Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, ‘I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.’ This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on ‘super’ late term abortion. Unforgivable!” Trump tweeted at the time.

It was later revealed that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted to appearing in blackface in 1980. At the time, pundits speculated whether Herring would become governor if both Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who was accused of sexual misconduct, resigned.

In the past, blackface was used in minstrel shows, which demeaned members of the African-American community by playing on racist stereotypes. President Abraham Lincoln and author Mark Twain were both known to enjoy minstrel shows; 11 “Looney Tunes” from the 1930s and 1940s have been pulled because of their use of blackface; and “The Jazz Singer,” the first ever motion picture with sound, infamously showed star Al Jolson singing in blackface. Since the mid-20th century, blackface has been increasingly condemned because of its close association with racist oppression. The same is true of brownface, yellowface — putting on makeup to appear Asian — and other forms of racial minstrelry.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

Matthew Rozsa

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Ariana Grande Shouts Out Fenty Beauty In A New Song — & Fans Are Obsessed

Ariana Grande Shouts Out Fenty Beauty In A New Song — & Fans Are Obsessed

Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

But on her new song “Make Up,” which appears on her long-awaited album

thank u, next

, the singer hinted at something that we


have in common: She loves

Fenty Beauty


The song, which dropped at midnight along with the rest of the album, is basically about making up with a boyfriend and it not being an immediately regrettable decision (again, can’t relate!). On the track, she sings, “No eyeliner on, but looking at you is the fix / Highlight of my life, just like that Fenty Beauty kit.”

Back in January, Grande posted a video of the makeup and highlighter haul that Fenty Beauty had sent her, to which the brand replied on Twitter: “We’re gonna need you to drop that makeup tutorial sis!”

And to that, Grande wrote: “Wait til u hear ‘Make Up.'”

And now here we are. Fans, as expected, loved the mention.

“No eyeliner on, but looking at you is the fix

Highlight of my life, just like that Fenty Beauty kit” we had to stan!!!

— B (@brockkugler) February 8, 2019

Fenty Beauty was pretty stoked about it too, with the company writing on Twitter: “When @ArianaGrande said ‘Highlight of my life, just like that Fenty Beauty kit’ on ‘Make Up’ y’all KNOW we felt that.”

But we’re left to wonder: Is Ari more of a

Trophy Wife

fan, or a

Diamond Veil

girl? Also, when will she and Rihanna finally bless us with a


musical collab, and not just a mention?

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15 Best Instagram Ad Templates on Placeit for 2019

15 Best Instagram Ad Templates on Placeit for 2019

Instagram is a booming social media tool. This means it’s also a key resource for marketers selling their products. If you need to advertise on Instagram, remember that you are competing in a very crowded space. That’s why it’s key to compete through professional-quality marketing and memorable ads. 

Fortunately, using these Instagram ad templates from Placeit, you don’t have to be a graphic designer, animator, or professional marketer to succeed. Placeit, a part of Envato, is an incredible online resource for content creators to build projects right inside of a web browser. 

Placeit ad builder
Placeit’s tools make it easy to build a video that requires no animation software, ready for posting and sharing on Instagram.

You don’t need access to, or skills in, advanced editing or graphics software. Instead, you can simply choose a project template that works for you, drop in your own content, and download a finished product that’s ready to use! You’ll be done in just a few clicks while getting miles ahead of your competition. 

With that in mind, let’s take a look at 15 of the best Instagram ad templates on Placeit!

The Best Instagram Templates on Placeit

1. Instagram Video Maker for an Inspirational Quote Video with Fun Animations

This is our top choice for simple photo-and-text Instagram ads. Simply add your photos to the placeholders and add your own stylish text for a quick and easy production!

2. Animation Maker for Instagram Posts Featuring Kinetic Typography

Sometimes stunning text makes the best Instagram ad. Use this to your advantage with this quick template: just add in your text and logo.

3. Instagram Ad Video Maker for Promo Videos

Use this promo template to build interest in your next marketing campaign on Instagram. With fashionable backgrounds and shifting, swirling overlays, it’s designed to capture attention fast.

4. Video Maker for Inspirational Quote Videos with Geometric Animations

Shifting geometric backgrounds and bold text overlays make this template an excellent choice for Instagram ads. The ethereal graphics engage viewers in busy timelines and get your brand noticed and remembered.

5. Sale Slideshow Video Maker for Instagram Ad Videos for a Clothing Brand

Built for clothing and fashion brands, this design ad promo definitely makes a statement. Make your pitch in high style with the array of overlays and flashy effects. 

6. Offer Slideshow Video Maker for a Music Promo Video

Successful bands today know they must have a strong social media presence. Instagram is a big part of this, and this multipurpose music promo is an excellent start for advertising on social media!

7. Instagram Ad Video Maker with Cool Animations

With its collection of simple overlays and bright backgrounds, this Instagram ad template is both versatile and easy to use. If you need flexibility and simplicity, you’ve found exactly what you’re looking for.

8. Sales Slideshow Maker for an Instagram Promo Video

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so perhaps slideshows are nearly priceless. Promote your products and brand in fast sequence with this Instagram slideshow maker. All you have to do is drop in your own photos and go!

9. Instagram Slideshow Maker for a Product Overview Video with Cool Animations

Expanding on the slideshow theme, this action-packed template delivers awesome backing animations along with a complete set of colors and layouts. Don’t forget to explore different transitions to make every Instagram promo truly your own.

10. Instagram Slideshow Maker to Create a Product Catalog Video with Animations

Showcase your complete product lineup with this fun catalog video. Instagram videos are short, so this is the ideal way to pack a serious marketing offer into a compact package.

11. Tutorial Slideshow Maker for a Makeup Tutorial

Promoting cosmetics on Instagram is an art unto itself. You’re entering a crowded market! In order to stand out, use a professional template like this one to showcase your craft.

12. Text Animation Maker for Instagram Posts with Colorful Lines

These animated lines stylize your text without distracting from it. Plus, you can add even more variety by adjusting each of the four color placeholders to build a unique palette.

13. Animation Maker for Instagram Posts Featuring Floating Minimalistic Text Blocks

Trying to draw emphasis to text ads rather than image backgrounds? This template meets your need, with dynamic floating text boxes to promote all your content in a flash.

14. Logo Reveal Animation Maker for Instagram Posts

As a brand on the cusp of brilliant success, part of the process is putting your logo into the hearts and minds of the public. An Instagram ad template like this to help you get started.

15. Animation Maker for Instagram Posts Featuring Food Delivery Animation

Close the sale of your food delivery services with this quirky and enjoyable Instagram ad promo template. A vibrant color palette and fast-paced graphics hint at speed, service, and success.

More Instagram Tools & Templates

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