Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who was mugged by reality and turned, seemingly overnight, into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a silly, privileged man.

It was a very subdued PM Trudeau who spoke on his campaign plane with reporters on Wednesday, expressing contrition for carousing in an Aladdin costume, complete with blackface, in a just-published photograph. The yearbook photo was from a gala evening during his very brief tenure as a part-time drama teacher in a posh Vancouver private school in 2001. He told the press that he did not understand at the time that his costume could have racist overtones and he now regrets that.

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