Justin Trudeau from brownface to blackface
Let’s see where this story goes
A blackface video of Justin Trudeau from sometime in the 1990s surfaced not long after a photo of the future PM in similar garb. Trudeau admitted that the pic was from his high school talent show, where he sang Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” “with makeup on.” All of this after the revelation of teacher Trudeau tastelessly dressed for a 2001 Arabian Nights gala.
NDP leader’s time to shine
Jagmeet Singh delivered an emotional statement in response to the initial photo of a costumed Trudeau, appealing to youth hurt by the image to not give up on Canada. This was a different approach from the Liberal style of shaming old content from Conservatives.
The article that changed the federal election game. Time was a curious forum for the first story on Trudeau’s “brownface,” partly because the Canadian edition was scrapped in 2008. (David Cochrane, the CBC reporter at whom the PM joked about bribing with poutine, was the earliest to draw wide attention to it.)
Truth tracking before blackface
Beyond Meat confined to two provinces of Tim Hortons. The plant-based burger bubble had its fortunes slightly poked upon news that the Tims trial offer was ending outside of B.C. and Ontario, where the chain is watching to see if demand sustains for meat-free protein.
School media back in session
Advertising for the Ted Rogers MBA has found criticism within the walls of Ryerson University:
A movie about Jordan Peterson got cancelled at the Carlton. But no one from the indie-friendly Toronto multiplex will answer questions about why a run for the documentary about JBP was removed from its schedule. (It will screen at the Cineplex down the street.)
Finally, for worse and for better
For Better or For Worse, the Canadian comic strip by Lynn Johnston, debuted 40 years ago this month, with a storyline that ran until 2008. Lee Salem, the editor who shepherded it into American newspapers, died a few days before Johnston’s work went on display in D.C.: