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Justin Trudeau has been slammed for going on the Drag Race television franchise when Canadian's argue he should be focusing on staving off the cost of living crisis.
Trudeau's appearance on the new season of Canada's Drag Race was announced Tuesday, with the show posting a picture of the PM beaming next to a drag queen, saying: 'We're making herstory.'
A trailer for the season, entitled Canada vs The World, shows the prime minister meeting contestants, who compete to become the 'next drag superstar.' It is scheduled to premiere on November 18.
But soon after, backlash mounted on social media amid controversies over drag shows that involve young children after footage has emerged showing performers posing sexually in front of young children.
Amy Eileen Hamm, the cofounder of the Canadian Women's Sex-Based Rights coalition, asked whether Trudeau will 'combine womanface AND blackface,' as Paul Oakley, the former spokesman for the UK Independence Party, tweeted: 'A keen advocate of blackface, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will now also endorse womanface as he is to appear as a guest on Drag Race.'
Another Twitter user also wrote that Trudeau is 'an embarrassment.'
Canada's Drag Race announced on Tuesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be the first world leader to appear in the Drag Race television franchise
A trailer for the upcoming season shows him greeting contestants who compete to become the 'next drag superstar'
'But these embarrassments are deliberate,' the Canadian woman wrote. 'They are divisive— he knows we Conservatives will balk — and he can respond 'This is not who Canada is.''
Meanwhile, another woman asked: 'Isn't there some major crises in the country? Most of which he helped create like the good little puppet he is.
'And instead of even pretending to try and fix things, he's up here dancing around with drag queens. What a disgraceful clown.'
Soon after the announcement was made, Trudeau faced backlash on Twitter
Trudeau has long been known to champion LGBTQ issues in Canada, regularly appearing at pride parades and apologizing for injustices committed against the gay community.
But his appearance on the new season of Canada's Drag Race comes as prices in the country surged 6.9 percent, with the Bank of Canada hiking interest rates by 350 points in just seven months, according to Reuters.
There are now growing fears that the country may soon fall into a recession.
And in September, the new president of the Canadian Medical Association announced the country's entire health-care system may crumble if it does not receive an infusion of cash, CBC reports.
Dr. Alika Lafontaine, an anesthesiologist, told CBC how Canada's health care is in 'dire' straits, with quality care severely limited in some parts of the country.
'We've been saying for a while that we're concerned about collapse. And in some places, collapse has already happened,' Lafontaine said. 'All of these things are not normal things for Canadians to experience so we are at a