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Lido Pimienta Reveals Final Album and End of Touring – Discover the Reasons

On April 3, Lido Pimienta announced her plans to work on a final album and put an end to touring due to repeated experiences of racism and classism at airports and airlines. In a recent Twitter thread, she opened up about her personal encounters and expressed feeling safer working behind the scenes in the music industry.

“One of the many reasons why I no longer want to go on tour and not be in music is the constant discrimination in airports and airlines,” she shared in the Twitter thread. “I don’t know. It gets to a point where I get so anxious and nervous about being treated badly that I even pray for my well-being.” Pimienta described her experiences of being cut in line and discriminated against, regardless of whether she was flying in ‘business’ or ‘coach.’ She emphasized that her appearance and lack of a ‘business look’ seemed to provoke this treatment.

She also noted that even those in business class who made fun of airline workers for their accents received better treatment than those who looked like her, who were “treated like sh*t.” “I am sick and tired of being treated like a third-class citizen,” she wrote online. “No matter how many languages we speak, how many awards we have, how many people we help, how many academic degrees we have, or that we are a representation and window to our beautiful culture, classism ruins us.”

She continued: “There is nothing more distasteful than classism. Racism and xenophobia… Treating me like crap for being simple in my everyday dress or for not being tall, thin or white or ‘executive’ looking is the most disgusting and distasteful thing there is.” Before wrapping up the thread, the Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter mentioned other intrusive experiences she encountered in airlines before and said that even if she asks for the highest airline tickets, she still experiences these situations.

“One last album, and that’s it. No more touring,” she wrote. “I think I’m still happier using my talents for other people and artists that are relevant. I like the behind-the-scenes. I’m safe there.”

She concluded: “I deserve to be happy and live in peace. I don’t want to feel this ugly anymore.”