Georgian opera singer denounced as homophobe
Georgian soprano, Tamar Iveri is slated to perform in Australia next month to sing Desdemona for Opera Australia. But LGBTI activists are calling for the cancellation of the performer’s appearances following the singer posting a diatribe on lesbian and gay people on Facebook.
Iveri’s outburst came after the Georgian President criticised Orthodox Christian activists for attacking LGBTI people at a rally held to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
The singer took to Facebook to proclaim her disgust saying LGBTI people are deviant and described homosexuality as part of the “faecal mass” being foisted on Georgia by the West. She went on to say she was proud of the violent acts that occurred at the parade and was glad Georgians had spat on the participants.
Iveri commented “often, in certain cases, it is necessary to break jaws in order to be appreciated as a nation” and suggested the perpetrators of the violence were “Georgian youth of pure blood, still unspoiled by you [President Giorgi Margvelashvili]”.
The soprano has since removed the letter from her Facebook page, but not before LGBT organisations could condemn the singer for her homophobia and xenophobia.
Since making the comments, Iveri has had a performance at The Paris Opera cancelled following complaints from LGBTI organistaions.
It is unknown yet whether Iveri’s upcoming performances with Opera Australia will be targeted by LGBTI activists.