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We've all been there.
We've all looked back at an old photo of ourselves at a costume party, red solo cup in hand, pre-2008- recession smile spread across our faces. "Why would I wear that costume?!" we think to ourselves. Even Justin Trudeau has been there once...or twice...or three times. But in most cases, you just can't believe you thought those cat ears were cute or that you decided "sexy Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man" was a good costume idea. Most people don't look back at old costumes and think, "Wow! That was pretty racist and/or culturally insensitive!" You know why? Because of all the things in the world to dress up as, why dress up as something or someone that's racist/culturally insensitive? Because you're lazy and racist and culturally insensitive, that's why! Here are 13 times celebrities were just that for Halloween.
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The rocker celebrates his 45th birthday today
Jack White almost became a priest.
But then again, did he? The iconic rocker has regularly beguiled the press. "I'd got accepted to a seminary in Wisconsin," he told 60 Minutes Mike Wallace back in 2005 in what seemed like a moment of genuine candor. "At the last second, I thought, 'I'll just go to public school."
Whether you believe that story or not, the blues-rock polymath, who turns 45 today, has led an undeniably punk life and crafted some of the most sacred rock music in history. Two decades after The White Stripes' self-titled debut, Jack White has remained purposefully slippery with the public. He told publications that he and Meg White, his then-wife and White Stripes-cohort, were the youngest of ten siblings and claimed that his label, Third Man Records, used to be a candy company, among other outlandish claims.
Dodge & Burn by The Dead Weather<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="59052057d58747fe96735fc4bb4c2b46"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/98oMvKF-78Y?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Cocked and loaded, The Dead Weather's 2015 effort, <em>Dodge and Burn,</em> finds the band at their most calamitous. "I got a bloodhound tooth hanging like a dagger," Kills vocalist Alison Mosshart cackles on "Let Me Through" with distorted hisses. With White on drums, The Dead Weather is White at his most implacable. </p><p>When he announced no touring would be done in support of <em>Dodge & Burn</em>, the implication was that TDW was formed as a sort of catharsis for White, somewhere to put all the rock-and-roll tar that he's built up over the years. The Captain Beefhart inspired super-group all but detonated on <em>Dodge & Burn</em>, with their slinky grunge guitars and feral growls all sounding extra crunchy.</p><p>The band reflects on the inevitable apocalypse with a bombastic snap that gladly welcomes violence and destruction ("Open Up") and rolls their eyes at anyone who threatens to ruin their demolition, even if its Jesus himself ("Buzzkill(er)." <em>Dodge & Burn</em> is reserved exclusively for those who need to let off a little steam...or start a bar fight.<br></p>
Consolers of the Lonely by The Raconteurs<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a8ba051ea61ebd21775ad6dc743cd0b3"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7lL1CW140FQ?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Before Beyonce's surprise album redefined the marketing of new releases, The Raconteurs rushed the arrival of 2008's <em>Consolers of the Lonely</em>, all but upending press coverage and flipping mass media the bird in the process. Announced and released within a week, <em>Consoler's</em> remains one of The Raconteur's grittiest records. </p><p><em>Broken Boy Soldier's</em> light-hearted buoyancy was nowhere to be seen. "Haven't seen the sun in a week, my skin is getting pale," calls out Brendan Banson before cackling guitars snap the necks of anyone who has a problem with it on Consoler's intro. </p><p>Jack White is dripping in manic swagger as The Raconteur's co-frontman. He makes the big hooks sound comfortable and casual as if he's jamming with some friends in his garage. He morphs the country twang of "Top Yourself" into a crude, braggadocious declaration of anti-love, ("How you gonna get that deep, when your daddy ain't around here to do it to you?") and uses bright, uplifting horns on "Many Shades of Black" to affirm to the same lover that their tumultuous relationship was destined to end, so it's okay. </p><p>It's all so petty and punk, with White at times bordering on deranged, but it's what adds to The Racounter's unsettling charm. They refuse to be your favorite rock band.</p>
Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="42a95cacb5b448443b5dcfaee6f342ff"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hrcum8DHDpo?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>While highly contested, <em>Get Behind Me Satan</em> is The White Stripes boldest album, taking the blues-rock sounds of <em>Elephant </em>and <em>De Stijl </em>that brought them national fame and throwing it to the wolves in favor of oddball piano arrangements, acoustic guitars, and many marimbas. It finds White spiraling into despair, with quirky tracks like "White Moon" and "Little Ghost" sounding like a real-time emotional breakdown, the latter's narrator performing obscure tasks like "dancing" with "the wall" as he falls in love with a ghost only he can see.</p><p>While the record left critics confused, it's jarring sound redefined The White Stripes' identity. Known for their hard-hitting arena rock, <em>Get Behind Me Satan</em> blew open the door for what came after. They were no longer confined to anything and were free to create whatever they pleased. It was inherently a move that was super rock and roll.<br></p>
Lazaretto by Jack White<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8c43c41a2df22aba84ac16ddf5c1d9b5"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qI-95cTMeLM?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p><em>Lazaretto</em> is Jack White as his most relentless. Each song on his magnetic sophomore work is a show of force. While Meg White's absence is notable and at times the album borders on Jack White just flexing his guitar chops, each song is full of intricacies that tumble into each other, redefining what's possible under the "blues-rock" moniker. It's inherently busy, with tracks like "High Ball Stepper" descending into chaos with its screams, crisp guitars, organs, and banjo slowly closing in on you–but <em>Lazaretto </em>found White pushing himself endlessly. What was he truly capable of when alone in a room with other bold musicians? The answer was: a lot. </p><p>The cover-art finds White sitting elegantly on a stone throne decorated by angels, a casual flex by White, who believed himself to be a tour-de-force, otherworldly musician, unconfined to the creative restrictions of the mortal world. It was a bold claim that only Jack White could make.</p>
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is at the center of controversy after three photos of him dressed in blackface emerged over the course of 12 hours.
At a press conference on Thursday, Trudeau apologized for not knowing better when he was younger. He was a 29-year-old drama teacher in 2001 when he attended an “Arabian Nights" theme party. When asked how many times in his life he dressed in black face, he told the press, "I am wary of being definitive about this because the recent pictures that came out, I had not remembered."
While Trudeau may not have learned much from his multiple instances of donning black face, America has learned plenty. Namely, the history of minstrel shows makes darkening one's skin always inappropriate (yes, even for a drama teacher), you can never trust someone named “Justin," and Twitter is an amazing watering hole for skilled satirists, social commentators, and assh*oles to gather. Here we honor 5 unteachable lessons the Justin Trudeau black face scandal has taught us.
NEW: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau: "Darkening your face, regardless of the context or the circumstances, is always un… https://t.co/zskZGs35ow— ABC News (@ABC News)1568919396.0
Justin Trudeau is like someone caught red-handed robbing a store and then telling the police "It's time for all of… https://t.co/j6WYUbE4yz— Spencer Fernando 🇨🇦 (@Spencer Fernando 🇨🇦)1568920141.0
1. President Richard Nixon Predicted Baby Trudeau Would Become Canadian PM...And He Hated Him
Nixon being mad that he had to go to Canada and say nice things about baby Justin Trudeau is simply perfect https://t.co/EzidIm4LGb— Miles Klee (@Miles Klee)1568919854.0
2. Contrary to Scarlett Johansson's Belief, Actors Can't Play ANYBODY...
And in this photo, Justin Trudeau can be seen dressed in #MusketeerFace for his Parliamentary Drama Club portrayal… https://t.co/yMcKyLJ1yV— Señor Matangi (@Señor Matangi)1568873361.0
Tonight #JustinTrudeau admitted to wearing blackface when he was a drama teacher, but says he was playing a charact… https://t.co/Cm178yPOIr— Remulak MoxArgon: Intergalactic Overlord👽 (@Remulak MoxArgon: Intergalactic Overlord👽)1568864854.0
3. This Is the Universal Answer to All Current Events
Feds: You’re still facing a 15-year prison sentence. 6ix9ine: You ever notice how Justin Trudeau dances to Bollywo… https://t.co/75CfgU0YsD— Siraj Hashmi (@Siraj Hashmi)1568922002.0
Ok cool 👍🏾 #JustinTrudeau https://t.co/SmcJEOmh1D— A Darren Wit Da Harriott (@A Darren Wit Da Harriott)1568889215.0
Scarlett Johansson cast in the Justin Trudeau biopic but only for the blackface scenes— Andray (@Andray)1568909131.0
4. It's Sadly Not Rare...
And we get mad at Justin Trudeau for dressing up at a Halloween party in 2001? Ok... https://t.co/rPgA9Xzc4X— Vincent Marcus (@Vincent Marcus)1568919320.0
Breaking: Elizabeth Warren chastises Justin Trudeau for his blackface scandal: “Nobody has the right to appropr… https://t.co/XmLCVbot03— CNM (@CNM)1568920611.0
Justin Trudeau is his own only black friend right now. #TrudeauBlackface— Aisha Brown (@Aisha Brown)1568918643.0
5. The Trump Women LOVE Him Even More Now
The only upside to Justin Trudeau's blackface photos is that it might cause Melania to like him more.— John Fugelsang (@John Fugelsang)1568911159.0
Imagine how googly eyed Ivanka will be now that she knows Justin Trudeau is into racism! https://t.co/1aiVFwRFhB— Rex Huppke (@Rex Huppke)1568910709.0
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