Lido Pimienta

A female photographer was escorted out of a Canadian music festival after she refused singer Lido Pimienta‘s request for white people to move to the back.

The incident happened at the Halifax Pop Explosion music festival where Lido invited “brown girls to the front” during her Oct. 19 show, according to The Canadian Press.

Lido Pimienta

Witnesses say Lido, pictured above, asked white people to move to the back of the venue and she invited people of color to come to the front.

But a white female photographer refused to budge after Lido repeatedly asked her to move.

“She just kept saying, ‘Move to the back,”‘ says Allie O’Manique who attended the concert.

“Finally after saying it about 10 times — and the woman refused to move — (Pimienta) said, ‘You’re cutting into my set time and you’re disrespecting these women, and I don’t have time for this.”‘

Festival organizers ordered the photographer to be escorted out, and they later terminated her services.

Julia-Simone Rutgers, a woman of color who was invited to the front, says she couldn’t understand why the photographer just didn’t move.

“There’s a certain understanding that if an artist asks a crowd to do something, the artist is in charge in that space,” Rutgers says.

A festival organizer took to Facebook to apologize for the white photographer’s “overt racism” and she promised to make changes to improve “anti-oppression and anti-racism training” over the next year.

Vice-chairman Georgie Dudka apologized to Lido in a Facebook post: “We are sorry that one of our volunteers interrupted your art, your show, and your audience by being aggressive and racist.”

 

  • Justme

    This is getting out of hand. If a Caucasian did the same we would get black lives matter. Ijs

  • Salliemae’s Boosh

    “Caucasians to the back!” ~Joanne the scammer

  • millz
  • RaginB

    I can only imagine how it would’ve been if this was the other way around!

  • starbright9449

    I’m black and I agree but then again I also understand why the musician asked that brown girls be in the front.

  • Paulapuss

    @Justme, un contrary quichary my enlighten one caucasian did ask Blacks to move to the back, hence Rosa Parks

  • Elevated Soul

    This is what happened when people have been indoctrinated with racism by white liberals….They actually got these fools believing it’s okay to be racist.

  • MsPam

    Enlighten me?!

  • MsPam

    Please don’t you ever compare blacks of old to the blacks of now. You sound stupid talking Rosa Parks, she was coming home from a hard day of work! Not at a damn concert! How is black folks in front of a concert going to better black folks lives?!

  • i troll it like i see it

    And how was the photographer the racist?

  • Chocolate

    I’m confused.

  • YES I SAID IT…

    Don’t feel bad, I’m confused too! Helll I’m so lost about thi spost so umma just back paddle my azz up on out this storyline.

  • Ryan

    This is so obscure and stupid.

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    Yesssss make them move to back for once..

  • Quitedeliteful

    WOW… This is awkward… Ima rock with Lido on this one. It seems as though she wanted people of color strategically placed near her. If I’m reading the article correctly she didn’t say ‘all white folks get to the back’. It reads like she asked one woman who happens to be white to get out of the way and that woman refused thereby holding up production. I don’t think the white woman was racist. She probably figured that she had a front row position and just wasn’t going anywhere and as a result of her stubbornness she got fired. She should have followed instructions…

  • Platoon

    With that voice I would’ve ran to the back…

  • soflystann

    Yessssssssss for your pettiness! LMMFAO!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!

  • Platoon

    Haha…I would’ve been out

  • bemetoo

    ah ha hush that fuss all you mf move back to the bus

  • Quitedeliteful

    LMBAOFFFF!!!!!!!

  • Vicki White

    Ok I’m riding with you on this here paper cut racism we screaming

  • Vicki White

    There go some endorsements remember who got money to write checks. It’s not nice or right to be racist if it is then what and why having been fight in it for?

  • soflystann

    Side Eye: No shade…. If I was white, at the concert, had a good seat at an event I probably would not move as well.. Hell, most of you black people wouldn’t move either especially if you had waited sometime to see artist, overly crowded, you’re tired, or if you were recording live. However, being an employee she should have complied. I don’t get racist from this one…

  • Toni ToniToni

    *Blank Staress At this Video and Music* WTH

    That’s all I’m going to say.. If that is what the artist wanted, Why not…

  • Athena Panagakos

    Little Pimento cheese up there is NOT talented. That’s all I got.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    It doesn’t matter what color you are first come first serve. And sweetie no shade anybody going to your concert is doing you a favor. You not that good boo its ok you just not good.

  • nick c

    I would have been moving all they way back to the parking lot and in my car after hearing that screaching.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Seems like career suicide to me.

  • TheOwley

    Which is why Rosa did it. She did it to make it irrelevant. This idiot does not belong in the same sentence with Rosa Parks.

  • TheOwley

    Reverse racism and it’s indefensible. Don’t bring history into this or we will never ever move forward. This woman is an idiot. I hope the photographer sues the hell out of everyone. Same thing is she was white demanding blacks move to the back and a black photographer refused. So much easy money to be made here.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLOL!!!!!

  • C Mack

    This was racist! The photographer was not in the wrong. I love my people, but we can be racist. Imagine if this was the other way around

  • hotntot95

    Brown girls to the front sounds good to me…??

  • free

    baabbayy, you can’t tell her she ain’t sangin though.

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    She’s a fool and clearly not about her business or money. Those white people paid green money. If she wants an all Black affair, she should stop performing at white festivals.

  • free

    if she is the photographer, maybe she didn’t consider herself a part of the “crowd”?

  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Chilllle, there goes her CAREER. Those weird type Black folks are usually only supported by white people. She just lost her fan base.

  • http://www.tiffanyinthecity.wordpress.com/ Tiffanyinthecity

    She was tripping. If I was the photog, my ass wouldn’t have moved either. What kind of shit is that?! ?

  • Karen Brady

    Say what now?

  • 2telldatruth

    Something doesn’t add up here…..I guess I’m off to do some research.

  • Nicol B

    It’s the “spin” factor. She most likely said, “all my brown girls step to the front”. I find it highly unlikely that she said, “white folks go to the back?”

  • Nicol B

    that’s exactly how i read it.

  • Athena Panagakos

    Haha she’s trying I guess.?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    She felt discriminated.
    Welcome to our world!

  • https://vidozz.com/cyq ? King Kari ?????????

    well white people stop buying anything she sells. Best affect is to boycott…it’s works for hollyweird

  • dontgetblocked

    That was tacky and divisive. People just want to chill and not think about race at a festival. Why couldn’t she just sing?

  • Omandesert

    Why not? They forced us to move to the back for centuries. Don’t dish, what you can’t take. Josephine Baker (black) performed in front of soldiers during WWII and asked the whites to allow the blacks to move forward. As an artist looking out into a audience and seeing people with the same skin tone as you being s seated in the nose bleed section must make a performer feel some kind of way.

  • Nicol B

    I don’t disagree with you at all. I don’t think you followed my point. My “spin” comment had to do with the title of the post not if it was right or wrong. The spin meaning the person who wrote this post decided to make this girl look like a racist not an artist who wants her brown fans to be closer to her.

    So…we might be saying the same thing??? I dunno, but maybe you should re-read before you dish whatever out??? Just saying…

  • Nicol B

    I think we are most racist toward each other. Some (NOT ALL) of us act like crabs in a bucket. It’s always refreshing when there is just LOVE!

  • PussyGal0re

    What about the dark skin and light skin girls? “Let’s end colorism” “Brown girls to the front” SMH.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Not sure how true this really is, considering the source, so I will hold judgement.

  • chaisun

    So its not ok for her to want to cater to brown women yet we see this same scenario play out with white people, in particularly white women feminist. So what…she felt uncomfortable, we have been uncomfortable our whole lives. Us being so accommodating with their needs and feelings is why we are in the some of situations we are in now.

  • chaisun

    Black people can’t be racist, we can however take part in colorism which is a bi-product of white supremacy.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    TI and Hustlegang, Tiny, King , Jermajesty oh wait wrong family….. I digress everybody would be pocketing that TI could round up!!!???

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I know some racist black people. They don’t like any one that is not black. All 100% trace your roots back to your African tribe black. I also know black people that don’t like light-skinned blacks. That is racist to me. In addition I know light skin blacks that don’t like dark skin ( anything darker than pecan tan is way too dark for them) and despise “black people”. They seem to think their light skin makes them a different race. I find this all racist . Not just ignorant, intolerable, and misinformed ; I find it racist and prejudicial too.

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso
  • CookieMobster

    Folks would be loosing their dang minds if they asked black people to move to the back though. Why can’t people see that there should not be a double standard no matter the situation? I just don’t get it.

  • Jussjess25

    Me either, but if she did it was her space to do so. ???????

  • Jussjess25

    Agreed !

  • Jussjess25

    ???. White folk had to move to the back chile.. ??

  • Jussjess25

    Interestingly enough, white people do not allow themselves to be discriminated against ?. White lady said hell no! I wish us black folk had the same mentality.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Wait a minute how is the photographer being racist because she decided not to move? And wouldn’t the artist be considered racist because she wanted whites to move to the back? We all know if this story was reversed crap would hit the fan and blacks would boycott the venue and the artist. This story is retarded, can someone help me out here please?

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Saying Brown girls would be ending colorism

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    I understand your point but why the double standard. We can’t fight for something that we’re not willing to give ourselves.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Exactly

  • chaisun

    I gravitate to my own race for particular and obvious reasons, so I completely get that but I can’t see how that is racist. I think what you are explaining is colorism. I agree, it is ignorant and they are misinformed, misguided but again this is a bi-product of white supremacy and it is the foundation for thinking within every race around the world. This is a bigger issue and then there comes the issue of assimilation, enforced standards of european beauty and why colorism has been used to further divide our communities. Black people do not benefit from structural, institutional or individual racism, it is also not a social construct that we created. There is zero advantage for us, absolutely none.

  • Kimberly King

    QUEEN.

  • bella28498 .

    Things are about to change for white ppl whether they like it or not. They are finally getting a taste of the ole nasty medicine they been force feeding black ppl. you white sympathizers need to pack your cape up because they don’t gaf about you.

  • bella28498 .

    They never stopped telling black ppl to move to the back…. you speak as if racism ended ?

  • bella28498 .

    Ummmmm black ppl are still treated like scum…. that never stopped

  • bella28498 .

    Reading these comments and so many of u are sucking the white man d I c k real good. Dgaf about white ppl enduring racism or hard times…..maybe it’s their turn.

  • Paulapuss

    @MsPam the methods has changed the concepts has not, gives off a sense of inclusion and solidarity

  • sunni_daze

    All my brown honies to the front. Never heard of this chick, but I like her. And White priviledge got shorty terminated…

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    OK, it’s nice to know I’m not the only rational thinker here. This blog’s comments would have BLOWN UP had Katy Perry or Taylor Swift said “Blacks to the back” or something of that effect, but this is ok?

    Racism is racism REGARDLESS of which way it’s pointed and either way, it’s wrong…

    Do better people!

  • jayroe44

    yep, I’m confused over here too. lol Must be a typo or something.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Here’s the thing. Slavery happened civil rights happened and racism and discrimination still exists to this day. However we can’t go around spewing hate and racism and use Rosa Parks as a justifiable reason(excuse).

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Because right is right and wrong is wrong….that makes people cock suckers….ok got it!

  • lovelygamour

    I see both sides. The artist was trying to make a moment. But the photographer was insulted.
    I side with the artist cause it was just for a picture and the photographer was paid staff. Why was she in the picture, period.
    As a blackwoman I would be leary of this artist using me as a prop. It depends on her heart.

  • bella28498 .

    yea but there is something called Karma and its white people turn

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Ok your opinion

  • Sambo

    The time is coming where a all out race war will descend on the US.

    Whites will wipe you inferior mixes and browns off the face of the earth.

    Happy Hunting.

  • Dante Sparks

    Wait. Can anyone cite exactly where institutional racism exists in America? It doesn’t.

    As a 28 year old African American man, i’ve been afforded gobs of free housing, free college, free anything i want really. All the freebies i and many of my friends and family spawned laziness and entitlement that given in mass, to any group of people will result in more negative aspects than i care to type.

    Judging anyone by the color of their skin, even white people is evil. Who exactly are the racists here?

    The Civil War was fought by 95% White people, Millions died to free my people and i am grateful for what those men did to insure i have a free, and lucrative life as an AMERICAN.

  • starbright9449

    About which part? Why the musicians asked for brown girls to be in front?

  • Red-Pilled Woman

    There is no such thing as reverse racism; it’s just racism.

  • Fresenius Kabi

    LIDO SCUM

  • Michael

    Bro, how is it “white priviledge” to be asked to MOVE TO THE BACK of a music even BECAUSE your white, than getting fired from your job for refusing to do so??? ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS!

  • Michael

    When is the last time someone asked you to move the back of ANYTHING because of your color? Please, evidence…

  • Michael

    Ok, just because something happened to someones ancestors does not mean that people 100s of years later should be punished for it. If that was the case we would burn all of Islam to the ground over the Ottoman Empires brutal and ruthless expansion between 1299 to 1922. I mean why not punish west africa for the actions of the Black Guard for enslaving MANY more white christian people than all of the history of american slavery many times over. this occurred between 1672 and 1727. But we dont… Because you can’t hold people ancestors responsible for the actions of the past.

  • Michael

    Black people are not universally treated like scum at all. Most people have no problem with black people in modern america. Just because a few people are assholes is no reason to become just like the very person that you do not like.

  • Michael

    So MLK fought for years for blacks to be EQUAL and now you wish to be SUPERIOR? that is called being a racist asshole.

  • Michael

    You are a moron. Seriously. The definition of racism literally contradicts your statement. You mean in YOUR MIND you can’t be racist… Is that what you mean? Cause according to the every major dictionary anybody can be racist.

  • Michael

    At least somebody in this country has a brain. Amen brother…

  • Michael

    Not me bitch. Try to treat me like that in public and youll get smacked bitch. Not all white people will let you step on them. I know I wont bitch.

  • hotntot95

    It’s simply our turn. Now run along, before you miss your Trump Rally…

  • sunni_daze

    You should read with understanding before replying. Have a good

  • chaisun

    My “racism” will have zero benefit on my well being, nor will my complexion catapult me into a life filled with praise, privileges and advancement in the entire world, in a system built and controlled by the fundamentals of white supremacy. Black people do not benefit from racism, we don’t live in binary society or one willing to offer equality. You need to have an internal discussion that revolves around structural and systemic oppression. Yet, you have the ego of a white man that has ancestral delusions and benefit from a system you are to incapable of acknowledging. Me being vocal about Black peoples oppression and the issues stemming from your primitive thinking doesn’t make me a racist because there is zero benefit from it.

  • chaisun

    Black people have never had the tools or power to institutionalize racial oppression. ‘Racism refers to social actions, practices or beliefs or political systems that consider different races to be ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other’.

  • chaisun

    Its extremely CREEPY that you being a white man have spent your entire morning going to black forums to argue and curse out black people because they aren’t spouting off the white ideology and narrative that you and your evil ancestors have force fed us from birth. We are a new generation of BLACK people and it ain’t going to work on us.

    You are OBSESSED with black people, and I think maybe you should seek some help. What is it with white people spending their whole day watching and following us. Creepy.

  • bella28498 .

    Black ppl don’t bother white ppl stfu u weird a s s white ppl always acting mentally ill.

  • Brigadon ???????????

    We do understand. You blacks work exclusively to improve the lot of your race, at the expense of others.

    So it’s only fair we YT’s do the exact same thing.

    Get to the back of the bus.

  • sunni_daze

    You sound re-fking tarded. But I understand, it aint no fun when what you do to others is done to you.. Now go fk your pet.

  • dirk gently

    quiet, you racist scum.

  • dirk gently

    You’ve never been a slave, and I’ve never owned one.

    What you’re talking about isn’t Karma, it’s pure out and out racist greed on the part of non-whites.

  • sunni_daze

    First of all hoe, I’m not racist. But you and your lil friends big mad. Let me grab a glass and catch your tears.

  • dirk gently

    Yep.. you’re gonna provoke a race war…

    And who have the VAST majority of front-line combat training and combat experience in infantry units? And who also hold weapons as designed (upright, so they don’t jam) and know how to use the sights to hit one of you idiots at 400 yards?

    YOu might want to rethink things.

    When blacks get angry, a neighborhood gets destroyed.

    When whites get angry, countries, and even entire continents are destroyed.

    Choose your course of action wisely.

  • dirk gently

    SouthernGirlAZWorld, what you’ve just witnessed is all 3 laws of SJWs in action,

    1. SJW’s always LIE.
    2. SJW’s always DOUBLE DOWN
    3. SJW’s always PROJECT.

    The SJW lied about who is the racist, and projected their own racism onto the white photographer.

  • bella28498 .

    stfu scared a s s so what if a race war is started the reset button need to be pressed.

  • bella28498 .

    stfu racist…..dgaf about your point of view

  • Michael

    I didn’t know this was a “black forum”… I have just been dicking around online man… Bro, you don’t know my ancestors. Not even 200 years ago I had ancestors that were 100% north African. We are all just people man. I am mostly Irish. but I have lots of other stuff and a history about me as well. I am not here to hate anybody. I have fed anyone anything and I grew up in a lower income family in the country. My dad never uttered a racist word since I have known him. I never even heard of any stereotypes of black people till I moved into the city when I was 13. Even than I didn’t understand them. I am a grown man now and successful in life. In the city I lived in a trailor when I was a kid and one of my best friends was this black kid. Him and his dad had the best trailor in the whole trailor park lol. I was jealous. It is a big ass country man. America is huge. Oregon alone is like twice as big as North Korea. You should get to know people instead of assuming stuff about them

  • Brigadon ???????????

    Are you crying? There’s no crying in baseball!

  • Farseli

    I see we are bringing segregation back.

  • sunni_daze

    Never.

  • Brigadon ???????????

    Right. Blacks don’t Cry, they whine and blame all their screwups on other people.

  • Brigadon ???????????

    Because being ‘black’ is WAY more important than being American.

  • Steve B

    I cant believe they targeted this poor woman for refusing to be segregated. shame on who ever supported the singer.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    I do not and will not prove anything to a “virtual” stranger. Go look in the mirror & argue with yourself. I really detest men who like to argue with women.

  • VoiceOfReasonAndLogic

    No, she did it because she was exhausted. She said so. It became important because he worked at the NAACP. Others did it too but got no notoriety.

    Also, what makes the photographer an idiot? I don’t blame her for resenting being told where to stand because of her race.

  • TheOwley

    Rosa did it and sitting became irrelevant. For the idiot singer to put people in the bus and reverse the matter is outrageous and aggressive. So let me re-state my comment. The idiot was the singer, not the photographer who refused her request. The color of the premium ticket buyers is irrelevant. For this idiot to request they whites to stand at the back is like some KKK riders demanding Rosa to give up her seat. Hopefully he got himself a good civil rights attorney and will sue the pants off the singer, venue, whoever.

  • VoiceOfReasonAndLogic

    I apologize. As you figured out, I misinterpreted who you were calling an idiot.

    I’m glad you aren’t thinking that this was ok. I don’t know how we expect to do stuff like this to white ppl without backlash. Maya Angelou discussed this concept in one of her autobiographies. Do we want CHANGE or EXchange? As in, do we want equality or do we just want to be the ones doing the oppressing?

  • TheOwley

    That’s deep from Ms. Maya but so true. Sometimes I type so fast I confuse myself with little to no editing. But imagine such an offer made to Jews against neo-nazis. I think she insulted black folks in her audience and one can only hope they too didn’t do as she asked.

  • VoiceOfReasonAndLogic

    They did…and they criticized the white photographer and labeled HER racist. Smh…