Musician at Halifax music show asks white people to move to the back
What is going on in Halifax ? A musician by the name of Lido Pimienta took to the stage at a Halifax music festival and made an unusual request, she actually asked white people to move to the back. In Canada? What happened to “The True North strong and free.“
The Halifax Pop Explosion music festival is apologizing for the actions of a photographer who refused to acquiesce to Pimienta’s request during her October 19 show. Her refusal to do so was considered an “interruption” and deemed an act of “overt racism,” according to the festival’s board of directors, who are now promising to make changes to the event.
This thread by Aurora is what ppl threatening to “end my career” should read 🙏🏾 I won’t stop ensuring oppressed ppl are safe at my shows ❤️ https://t.co/p1NDiCMLoC
— Lido Pimienta (@LidoPimienta) October 28, 2017
The festival states that the volunteer photographer and several other members of the audience reacted poorly to Pimienta’s urging for them to move to the back. Pimienta invited “brown girls to the front.” When the volunteer refused, Pimienta took it upon herself to remove her from the event.
As you can imagine the outrage was swift.
Are you suggesting that the only way people of colour can be "safe" at your shows is to order whites to the back?
In Halifax??? https://t.co/kconzsNucX
— John Groves (@jfgroves) October 29, 2017
This musician apparently wants blacks to move forward due to “ensure oppressed people are safe at her shows.”
— Manny Montenegrino (@manny_ottawa) October 29, 2017