Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has given a frank and in-depth interview about the photographs of himself in 2001, when he dressed up as Aladdin, and donned brownface.
In the interview, he claims that, rather than having browned his face up merely to attend a party, he often dresses up in Arab garb, and daubs a tin of boot polish on his face, as he feels more comfortable that way.
A 1990s photo has now emerged showing Trudeau performing in a talent show, singing Day-O, a Jamaican folk song. He is again wearing brownface.
The images have led to him being labelled a "racist", but Mr Trudeau said:
"Many people choose to alter the way they look," he said, "and I am no different. I may be a white man, but I prefer to resemble an Arab, and putting boot polish on my face is how I discovered the inner me."
Mr Trudeau also says he isn't able to say how often he dressed up like an Arab:
"I don't know how often I dressed up like an Arab, but it must have been thirty or forty thousand times over the period since 2001. I like it, so I do it. Racism doesn't come into it. I admire Arabs, and I want to be one. What's wrong with that?"
Men in white coats were in close attendance.