Tamar Iveri

Opera Singer Sacked For Anti-Gay Comments

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Opera singer Tamar Iveri who described gay protesters as “fecal masses”, has been sacked from Opera Australia’s production of Othello, which opens in Sydney next week.

“Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable,” the company said in a statement.

While they said Ms Iveri had “unreservedly apologised for those comments and views”, she had still been removed from the production.

“Opera Australia has agreed with Tamar Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company,” the statement said.

Iveri’s comments in a Facebook post 18 months ago — in reaction to a gay rights parade where many protesters where injured — including “cancer metastases need to be removed in the beginning of the process … tomorrow they will demand same-sex marriages”.

There was a storm of protest from people on social media over the weekend, including a number of gay patrons of Opera Australia who said they would refuse to attend the Australian performances she appeared in.

In a long statement on Facebook this afternoon, Iveri said she was “immensely saddened and hurt by the campaign” against her.

“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 previously wrote another post outlining her version of the gay parade last year that led to the controversy.

 

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