Opera Singer Fired After Calling Gays 'Fecal Masses,' Claims Husband Did It
Opera singer Tamar Iveri is under fire (and getting fired!) over vitriolic anti-gay comments in response to the nation of Georgia's gay rights parade that were posted to her Facebook account.
Iveri allegedly wrote:
I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the [gay-rights] parade… 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.
…Should we, in the future, hand Tbilisi over to the guys with Louis Vuitton bags? Dolce&Gabana shoes? Christian Audigier shirts? You know very well that this category of boys would rather go to Saint-Tropez and relax on the beaches of Nice rather than fight…
…[Homosexuality] does not need parades, fireworks, balloons, agitation/propaganda and chanting that we are very civilized, modern and COOL people. This devastates the fragile nature of children, especially, as by medical perspective – out of the 50 people maximum three are born gay. For others it is acquired because of following the trend or because of entering some kind of groups of people.
If you ignore it today…. tomorrow they will demand same-sex marriages, the day after tomorrow they will require rights for adoption. And I really do not want Georgia, a place that I am always happy to visit, to resemble certain blocks of Amsterdam.
We say "allegedly" because the soprano is now conveniently claiming that she didn't write the post and that it was her husband, a "very religious man who a tough attitude towards gay people," who altered her original post and posted the anti-gay rant in her name.
Iveri explains, according to The Christian Post:
"I also must say that I am immensely saddened and hurt by the campaign which is now being mounted against me. I have never been prejudiced against anyone, whether for religious, or racial reasons, or for any other kind of prejudice including those regarding sexual preference. I abhor prejudice in any form altogether.
She continued: "I have been performing in an art form that includes thousands of gay people on both sides of the stage, and there is no one who can come forward and claim that I have ever exhibited any such prejudice against them."
Iveri has said that it was her husband that changed the text of her post. She had initially written about the gay pride parade and concerns she had that its path took it by an Orthodox Church at the same time as a commemoration for Georgian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
"I have said before and say here again that the words attributed to me were not my own, and that I therefore cannot take personal responsibility for them," she insisted about the deleted comments.
Iveri has been fired from Opera Australia's upcoming production of Othello. In a statement the company writes:
"Opera Australia confirms soprano Ms Tamar Iveri will not be performing in 'Otello.' Opera Australia has reached agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company," the company said in a statement on Monday. "Ms Iveri has unreservedly apologized for those comments and views. Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable."
Iveri has also been dropped by La Monnaie Opera in Brussels from their production of Verdi’s "Un Ballo" in Maschera next year.
Iveri's husband Raul Tskhadadze is confirming that it was he who, in fact, wrote the letter, saying:
"The letter was signed on our Facebook page, when Tamar returned home she erased the letter and got very upset. However, a few minutes were enough for people and for Georgian press," Tskhadadze wrote on Sunday.
"Tamar, despite the fact that the text that was written by me was unacceptable for her. She did not disclose the letter was written by me. She had endured and suffered a lot because of the letter which I wrote. Tamar has never been homophobic and especially not against Western values."
What's your take, Instincters? Do you buy it? Did the opera companies respond appropriately by firing Iveri?