Trudeau Played Dress Up In India: Cultural Appropriation Or Bollywood Audition? [VIDEO]

Trudeau Played Dress Up In India: Cultural Appropriation Or Bollywood Audition? [VIDEO]

Trudeau Played Dress Up In India: Cultural Appropriation Or Bollywood Audition?  [VIDEO]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family just finished an eight day jaunt to India, and it’s highly likely that the entire country was glad to see him leave. Why? Their arrival in New Delhi seemed pretty normal.

Problem is, Prime Minister Modi sent a low level Ag Minister to the airport to greet Trudeau and in fact didn’t even post anything on social media like he usually does. Quite frankly, that’s a very strong signal that Prime Minister Modi is not a fan.

Sophie Trudeau, on Tuesday, posed with Jaspal Atwal, a Sikh separatist. He had been convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian politician. Yeah…OOPS

Then the Trudeau’s had to disinvite Atwal from dinner as well. His presence would’ve gone over like a fart in church.

As if those political blunders weren’t enough, it was the buffoonery of the cultural appropriation that sent waves of mockery throughout India, Canada, and the world. Yes indeed, the Trudeau family out Bollywooded Bollywood! I kid you not, it was something to behold.

Without further ado, here is a look at some of the outfits the family wore during the trip.

(Public Relations Office Govt. Of Punjab via AP) ORG XMIT: ASR102

“Dad, this is embarrassing! We look ‘effing stupid!”

Yes folks, it was THAT BAD. Needless to say, many in India were NOT AMUSED. I don’t blame them!

“Offending garments include Trudeau’s long, multicolored sherwanis, usually worn on special occasions such as weddings or in Bollywood movies,” wrote The Washington Post’s New Delhi correspondent, Vidhi Doshi. “Trudeau wore a sparkling gold one to a meeting with Bollywood’s top brass while the film stars wore muted black suits. Add to that the Canadian first family’s posey, soap-opera style namastes, and it’s enough to keep social media here buzzing with memes and jokes.”

Then there was the ill-fated Bhangra dance at an event styled like a Big Fat Delhi wedding.


Probably. What’s the over/under on him getting a call back?

After nearly a week of Bollywood-style cultural appropriation missteps, Prime Minister Modi finally met with Trudeau.

The fact that the two leaders didn’t meet — and hug — until seven days into the trip, has played in stark contrast with the recent visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who just last month was greeted with a trademark bear hug by Modi immediately upon landing in Delhi. Other recipients of Modi’s exuberant embrace include current and former US presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) along with his wife Sophie Gregoire (L) pay their respects at the SSikh Golden Temple in Amritsar on February 21, 2018.
Trudeau and his family are on a week-long official trip to India. / AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

By all accounts, Trudeau came across as desperate, condescending, and his choice of attire completely overshadowed any political and foreign policy gains he was trying to make. Trudeau made the trip about his costumes rather than politics. Which turned the trip into an epic FAIL on all fronts. But hey! He has some great outfits ready for his next Bollywood auditions, so there’s that.

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