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Blackface and moral corruption for everyone

October 2019

Well, apparently, it’s OK to wear blackface and be morally corrupt. In a disappointing, but not surprising election result, Prime Minister Blackface gets to remain Canada’s head of government for at least another 2 years.

By winning a minority government, it appears that progressives have decided to reward the first sitting prime minister to twice be convicted of ethics violations; one who has embarrassed Canada internationally, angered our allies and proven himself to be a massive hypocrite, with a second term as prime minister, although with a slap on the wrist and a caucus 20 MPs smaller.

We can only hope that this has been a sufficient enough smack-down for him to at least be a LITTLE humble about the result. Not likely, though, given his narcissism and ego.

Although I’m disappointed with the result, this might still be a chance that the Trans-mountain Pipeline expansion, which Trudeau has stated will go ahead, will actually come to fruition. Although the Green Party and the NDP will refuse to support the pipeline construction, Trudeau will be able to count on Conservative support.

Trudeau will have one last chance to prove to the western provinces that he is serious about getting Alberta oil to tidewater. Let’s hope for the unity of the country that he’s serious about building the pipeline.

As an added bonus, the Justice Committee may now finally be able to get to the bottom of the SNC-Lavain scandal, seeing as they are now outnumbered by the opposition parties. This is the same scenario that saw Kathleen Wynne’s government in Ontario forced into cooperating in the investigation into the gas plants scandal, one that saw former Premier Dalton McGuinty’s former Chief of Staff sentenced to jail.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been put on probation, and so has my faith in the electorate in Canada. Let’s see if anything positive comes out of this election result.


Over the course of the election, I found myself engaged in many discussions on line, attempting to debate some pretty delusional Liberals, who fail to see their Messiah, Justin Trudeau, could possibly be a racist.

Some of these discussions were quite fun, while others were disturbing in just how much people twisted them into pretzels trying to justify behaviour committed by Trudeau, when they would condemn the exact same behaviour if a conservative committed it. Some of their justifications for Trudeau’s blackface displays, three that we know of, were:

“…no one said it’s ok, but an apology is a good thing. And all of Trudeau’s policies do not show the character of a racist.”

“…he apologized, and it was 20 years ago. He’s different now. That means he’s ok now… Not that it was ok then. His “black face” was insensitive and he should not have done it… But he never did it to mock.”

“No one “thought it was ok”. It has a context, including an actual apology, of all things. People who compared him to Don Cherry, who not only didn’t apologize but doubled down on Fox news, seemed to miss that part of it.
And I am not a fan of Trudeau, either. I just don’t think that it’s comparable.”

Some of those who tried to debate me, decided it was clever to not only downplay Trudeau’s blackface displays, but to also try throwing in totally unrelated slams against Conservative leader Andrew Scheer:

“The only ones you seem to care about what took place decades ago are Conservatives. I wonder why?? Even the first African American President did not care about Trudeau wearing blackface when he was a drama teacher. Look at Scheer; he lied about being an insurance broker, about obtaining a degree from a university he never attended and hid the fact that he was a dual citizen, yet he went after those who held dual citizenship. Hypocrite comes to mind”

When I asked this poster if he was aware of the history of blackface, this is what he said:

“I’ve worked my entire life in the entertainment industry and I’m well aware of the history of the blackface. I’ve also seen many white people put on a blackface in stage productions, and have seen drama teachers do the same thing when doing rehearsals for shows. Having said that, had Trudeau done this while being an MP or Prime Minister that’s a different story.”

I couldn’t believe that comment and asked if these stage productions he had seen were before or after the cross burning and if he thought blackface was OK? In a mock concession, I added that lying about being an insurance broker is much worse than blackface.

The fact is Trudeau did it so many times that he can’t remember how many times, only one time of which (that we know of) was when he was a drama teacher, which still doesn’t make it right.

Just when I thought all hope was lost, this poster did concede that, “You and I know that Trudeau is not a racist. I do agree that he should not have done the blackface given who his father was. Poor judgment yes, racist no.”

Just for the record, I never said Trudeau was a racist, but it was nice to hear someone finally agree that it was an incredibly stupid thing for him to do.

I asked another poster if he thought an apology would suffice for him if it was Stephen Harper who was caught in blackface? How about Andrew Sheer, Doug Ford, Mike Harris?

His response was, “He loved drama, and dressed up to try and be more accurate to the “part”. Like I said … It was wrong, and insensitive… But he did not do it to mock, like original black face was intended, as it left the eyes and lips uncovered to exaggerate features of African Americans. If Harper had dressed in a costume 20 years ago and apologized for it, as well as didn’t run racist/prejudice policies… Yes. Sheer, Doug, Mike… Yes again.”

He continued, stating; “No one said it’s ok, but an apology is a good thing. And all of Trudeau’s policies do not show the character of a racist.”

This poster also accused me of being “argumentative and defensive” in my responses in this debate, to which I responded:

How is pointing out some facts being argumentative or defensive? As for your assertion that Trudeau was simply “playing a part,” do you know the history of blackface? I would never profess to be an expert at anything, but even I know that blackface was never meant to be a “tribute” to black people. He wasn’t doing his own version of “Zwarte Pie”, otherwise known as “Black Peter”, which is very controversial itself.

Blackface has ALWAYS been a form of mockery and humiliation of black people. Even back when it first started back in the mid-1800s, it was RACIST and was meant to be racist. The only difference between then and now is that it’s NOT socially acceptable today. Do you remember the flack that Ted Danson took when he appeared in blackface at a Friar’s Club roast for Whoopi Goldberg in 1993, even after it was revealed that Goldberg was involved in pulling off the stunt? I remember it very well.

Additionally, things didn’t go well for Rachel Dolezal either, and she actually was actually trying to be black, not just mocking blackness.

Lastly, could you please advise me of the specific incidents where Harper was racist/prejudice? I don’t remember any, but I could be wrong. Remember, just because you didn’t like what Harper did, doesn’t mean it was racist.

No one could provide me with a single incident involving Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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