When blackface is used in Australia do people genuinely get offended?

Justin Trudeau has recently got into a lot of trouble for using blackface several times. Pictures have emerged of his using blackface at talent shows and fancy dress parties. He blacked up his face, neck, arms and hands when portraying Aladdin which isn't even necessary really, and a lot of effort. As recently... show more Justin Trudeau has recently got into a lot of trouble for using blackface several times. Pictures have emerged of his using blackface at talent shows and fancy dress parties. He blacked up his face, neck, arms and hands when portraying Aladdin which isn't even necessary really, and a lot of effort.

As recently as 2009 'Hey Hey It's Saturday' in Australia showed performers in blackface representing the Jackson 5 with the Micheal Jackson character in whiteface. Too edgy? (The performers were of Indian descent)

Sir Ben Kingsley won an Oscar in 1983 for his portrayal of Gandhi in brownface and it was extremely well received in India. No one complained that his performance was racist.

Where does the line get drawn. Trudeau is an idiot but is he really racist?
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