(MRCTV) A music festival is apologizing for a volunteer who demonstrated "overt racism" after refusing to move to the back of the venue when a performer called to bring "brown" women to the front of the crowd.
The National Post reports the incident at the Halifax Pop Explosion began when singer Lido Pimienta called for "brown girls to the front" of the venue. According to an account of the event by Allie O'Manique that was confirmed by a festival spokesman, Pimienta kept repeating, "Move to the back" when a white volunteer photographer refused to move.
"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,'" she explained.
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The volunteer was ultimately removed from the event after refusing to move.