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Greens praise Opera Australia for taking stand against homophobic singer

Greens praise Opera Australia for taking stand against homophobic singer

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:51 Written by // Cec Busby

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.”


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

Comments (8)

  • Simon Hunt

    30 June 2014 at 17:45 |
    Hi Lincoln, she directly advocated violence with her call for "jaws to be broken". She wrote this within hours of a man nearly being lynched in Tblisi, and 20 others injured. She didn't "hit people with ignorance"' she advocated hitting with fists. These are beyond words of hatred.


  • Nikola Kovacs

    30 June 2014 at 09:57 |
    Are you kidding ... The Greens are almost entirely secular!


  • Lincoln

    29 June 2014 at 12:55 |
    She lost her job? Seriously?! Looks like a clear case of the punishment being disproportionate to the crime. Wouldn't it have been wiser for Ms Iveri to have been counselled, and to be informed how her words have consequences? Isn't education better than punishment.
    We had a great opportunity there to raise the consciousness of someone whose only "crime" was to make some ignorant comments. Instead, we've only taught her that if she hits us in ignorance, we'll hit back with malice. Gandhi said that an eye for an eye and soon the whole world is blind. But this is two arms and a leg for an eye.
    I'm gay and I'm partially deaf. And, as such, I've learnt that if someone attempts to insult me, it doesn't automatically follow that I have to feel insulted. We control how we react.
    Regarding Ms Iveri, though, we had a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our ethics and our compassion. But, thanks to a bunch of internet trolls and hypocritical politicians ("We hate homohobia, unless it's foreign"), we blew it and showed ourselves to be as petty as those who attack us.


  • Mike

    28 June 2014 at 15:46 |
    The GREENS are the perfect example of a party that claims not to be homophobic, yet is completely PRO ISLAM. They are a party that simply wants to support the underdog. Even if that underdog is evil. I urge all gay people to preference the Greens and their pro-Islam agenda last.


  • Brian

    25 June 2014 at 23:44 |
    The Greens get homophobia. They did not tell the world they feel threatened by homosexuals, they did not welcome Joe Bullock as a senator in the ALP, and they did not promote Cori Bernadi to leader of the senate, when he linked gay marriage to bestiality. If the Diva wants to sing in the shower, she is now very free to. I am grateful the Greens get homophobia, I wish Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott could.


  • frank

    24 June 2014 at 21:40 |
    homophobic slurs disgust me.

    even worse is trash like 'the greens' claiming some credit for standing up to this religious bigot yet they stand mute when it comes to the hatred of Gays by Islam.

    Where is the equality here?


  • Bill

    24 June 2014 at 11:25 |
    It is a great time to be gay, to see homophobic comments costing a job. It is becoming a familiar narrative, people being held to account, when in the past, this was rare. It was not that long ago, police bashings were common, and the Tasty nightclub was raided. This is the latest demonstration of our nation taking a stand against homophobia. It is terrific to witness.


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