Greens praise Opera Australia for taking stand against homophobic singer
The Greens have commended Opera Australia (OA) for ending their contract with Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri after news surfaced the singer had posted a homophobic rant on her Facebook page.
The news of Iveri’s homophobic comments (made shortly after IDAHO) resurfaced on Friday and the LGBT community immediately mobilised, inundating OA’s Facebook page with hundreds of comments calling for her dismissal for using hate speech.
Opera Australia remained tight-lipped on the singer’s employment, until finally announcing yesterday they were releasing her from her contract as her comments were "unconscionable".
Greens LGBTI spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said there is no room for homophobia in our society.
“We are pleased to see Opera Australia finally took a strong stance on this issue and had the courage and integrity to terminate their contract with Mrs Iveri,” Hanson-Young said.
“They made a very difficult but important choice to end their relationship with Mrs Iveri. Mrs Iveri’s comments were inappropriate and showed a serious lack of judgement and good character. I am saddened to hear that incidents of homophobia are still happening today, but I’m glad they are not going unnoticed."
Hanson Young said she was pleased to see OA took the right steps to end their relationship with Iveri.
“I hope this event will encourage and teach others to stand up for equality.”