This was not necessary at all…
CNN’s Don Lemon praised the apology of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for donning “brownface” at a party in 2001.
In response to a TIME report that he wore brownface when he taught drama at the West Point Grey Academy in 2001, Trudeau held an impromptu news conference.
Trudeau’s Liberal Party of Canada had already recognized the validity of a Trudeau picture dressed as Aladdin in a gala “Arabian Night.” His face, hands and arms were darkened with dark brown makeup.
Trudeau admitted to another blackface incident that CBC News confirmed by finding a Trudeau photo in what appears to be blackface and an Afro hairstyle performing at a high school talent show.
“I shouldn’t have done that. I take responsibility for it. It was a dumb thing to do. I’m disappointed in myself, I’m pissed-off at myself for having done it. I wish I hadn’t done it but I did it and I apologize for it,” Trudeau told reporters.
“I was stunned when I heard it,” Lemon said on CNN Prime Time. “It was so refreshing to hear. Listen, I’m not talking about what he did, how egregious, you can think about that. But to hear a leader apologize and seem contrite, to have some level of contrition.”
Members of the panel were also sympathetic, saying Trudeau has set the standard for a political leaders expressing remorse: “To hear that come out of a government leader’s mouth. I’m shocked we all haven’t gone into some sort of conniption. I had forgotten what it’s like to have a leader that can express some level of remorse, regret and humility to accept it and say it out loud.”
Lemon suggested this level of honesty is absent from America’s leader. “What is happening in America today? We are at an inflection point in the history of our nation. Listen up, Mr. President. Tick-tock, tick-tock.”