Tamar Iveri, who is Georgia-born but currently a member of Opera Australia, it has been revealed has posted openly homophobic rants on Facebook in the past calling for violence against a gay pride parade in Georgia. (Iveri is Georgia born)
The rant read in part:
“I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade, organized by your team.
“Often, in certain cases, it is necessary to break jaws in order to be appreciated as a nation in the future, and to be taken into account seriously.
“Please, stop vigorous attempts to bring West’s ‘fecal masses’ in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda.
“Do not try to wrap this mass in beautiful packages, pour Chanel perfume on it and present it to people as if it was something of medical, recreational qualities.
“No matter how unhappy the ‘friendly West’ might become, fortunately, the Georgian people are well aware of what fruits, offered by the West in their menu, to eat and what to discard.
“Just like my small dog guesses it.”
Opera Australia are yet to comment and of course Iveri has since deleted and scrubbed her social media pages.
Soprano Vicki Watson said: “Her use of her operatic profile to support hate against LGBT and others is deeply disturbing and has the Australian opera community in shock.”
People who look like drag queens shouldn’t throw shade.
After pressure from Opera Australia Iveri has apologized on her Facebook page and is now blaming her husband!
I am shocked and saddened by the reports in the internet and in the Australian media calling me a homophobic.
For my entire career I have been working with gay people and some of them are very dear friends. All of them can confirm that I never lost a word that might associate me with homophobic ideas. I respect every single human being and I am against all kind of descrimination and violence. Please let me explain what lead to the recent articles that you might have read: On the 17th of May 2013 a gay parade was supposed to pass directly in the yard of an Orthodox Church in Tiflis. At the same place and for the same date a commemoration for Georgian soldiers killed in Afghanistan had been announced. For that reason and because Georgia is a country where 90% of the population are deeply religious, conservative Orthodox Christians I wanted to express my sincere doubts that a parade made sense under these circumstances, in the yard of an Orthodox church. I was worried that this would provoke people and lead to violence. Unfortunately this is what happened then. Besides myself my husband was using my Facebook account at that time and he is a very religious man with a tough attitude towards gay people. He copied my text, changed it considerably and posted it under my name. You might imagine that I was not happy with that at all and I immediately deleted it when I saw the text about half an hour later. This text does not express my own opinion. I’m afraid it was too late and the text was already spreading in the internet. I explained the situation and officially apologized to the LGBT community in Georgia a year ago and they accepted my apology. I would also like to point out that it was not Paris Opera that cancelled my recital on the 1st of June 2013 as stated in some of the articles, but that I had to cancel it due to a indisposition. Furthermore I never wrote an official letter to the Georgian president on this matter, it was a Facebook post that was copied and used for the article a year ago. Best regards, Tamar Iveri
Yeah and my dog ate my libretto also.