Georgian opera singer denounced as homophobe

Georgian opera singer denounced as homophobe

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 20 June 2014 16:01 Written by // Cec Busby

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.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

Comments (8)

  • Jason

    02 July 2014 at 07:56 |
    What a sick messed up lady! I hope there will be no debate on never having her come back to OA anytime in the future, as the end of this artical leads to believe she might be returning?


  • bob

    22 June 2014 at 17:17 |
    Dump her ass


  • JS

    21 June 2014 at 15:08 |
    Opera Australia is hosting an open day at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow from 9:30am...the LGBTQI community should show their faces and make our voices heard.


  • Luciano

    21 June 2014 at 11:06 |
    She sings songs by Tchaikovsky - I wounded if she realises that he was gay.


  • Jay

    21 June 2014 at 06:50 |
    This stupid little fascist should be deported to whatever hellhole she came from.


  • Nigel

    21 June 2014 at 06:19 |
    Sad that such a beautiful voice can say such ugly words


  • Diego Manreuli

    20 June 2014 at 17:09 |
    Im Georgian, and im not gay. Frankly this bitch is crazy much like those creationist deepshits, she actually condoned violence, holy shit. Not all Georgians are like this, thhey are just mal-educated due to the constant involment of the church in every aspect of daily life, I shit u not, its like 19th century Spain down there still..


  • Barrie

    20 June 2014 at 16:20 |
    Honey, if it wasn't for us Queayns you'd be singing to half empty houses!


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