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Old Jun 23rd, 2014, 09:08 AM   #1
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BREAKING: Opera Australia sacked Georgian-born Tamar Iveri over homophobic comment



Opera Australia have today confirmed that Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri will now not be performing shows here,
after a viciously homophobic missive from her was exposed and the resulting backlash against her was huge.

In an open letter on her Facebook page last year, she wrote to the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili after an LGBT Pride event, telling him:
“I was quite proud of the fact that Georgian society spat at the parade.” She added that such events are “vigorous attempts to bring West’s
‘fecal masses’ in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda.”

“Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable.”

She then claimed her husband had authored some of the strongest and most offensive sentiments on the letter, which had been quickly
deleted from her page shortly afterwards.

Reacting to widespread community concern about Iveri’s homophobic views, Opera Australia today confirms that the soprano
will now not be performing here.

“Opera Australia has reached agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company,”
the publicly-funded organisation announces.

Iveri and her husband have both made public statements in the last 48 hours with regards to comments, and she has
unreservedly apologised for those comments and views, Opera Australia adds.

Its announcement concludes: “Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable.”



Same Same understands that key Opera Australia sponsors QANTAS and Mazda both expressed concern about Tamar Iveri’s views and
pushed for her to not be included in shows here.

Over 4,600 people had signed an online petition for Opera Australia to sack Iveri.

This bitch deserved it!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2014, 10:17 AM   #2
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I wonder what does Gigi have to say about this
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Comments on the spur of the moment can always be forgiven, but with a letter like that, then the fat lady sings.
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This escalated fairly quickly. I saw her comments just a few days ago and now they've sacked her. I think the members have been quite vocal in this. They can't risk this becoming and issue. And I was thinking about going to Masked Ball hoping to see a good, old fashioned booing.
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This escalated fairly quickly. I saw her comments just a few days ago and now they've sacked her. I think the members have been quite vocal in this. They can't risk this becoming and issue. And I was thinking about going to Masked Ball hoping to see a good, old fashioned booing.
Isn't it already an issue?
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This escalated fairly quickly. I saw her comments just a few days ago and now they've sacked her. I think the members have been quite vocal in this. They can't risk this becoming and issue. And I was thinking about going to Masked Ball hoping to see a good, old fashioned booing.
Probably because the arts in general, is more sensitive to homophobia. They could lose support if they fail to act against incidents of homophobia in their ranks.
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Opera Australia have today confirmed that Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri will now not be performing shows here,
after a viciously homophobic missive from her was exposed and the resulting backlash against her was huge.

In an open letter on her Facebook page last year, she wrote to the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili after an LGBT Pride event, telling him:
“I was quite proud of the fact that Georgian society spat at the parade.” She added that such events are “vigorous attempts to bring West’s
‘fecal masses’ in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda.”

“Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable.”

She then claimed her husband had authored some of the strongest and most offensive sentiments on the letter, which had been quickly
deleted from her page shortly afterwards.

Reacting to widespread community concern about Iveri’s homophobic views, Opera Australia today confirms that the soprano
will now not be performing here.

“Opera Australia has reached agreement with Ms Iveri to immediately release her from her contract with the company,”
the publicly-funded organisation announces.

Iveri and her husband have both made public statements in the last 48 hours with regards to comments, and she has
unreservedly apologised for those comments and views, Opera Australia adds.

Its announcement concludes: “Opera Australia believes the views as stated to be unconscionable.”



Same Same understands that key Opera Australia sponsors QANTAS and Mazda both expressed concern about Tamar Iveri’s views and
pushed for her to not be included in shows here.

Over 4,600 people had signed an online petition for Opera Australia to sack Iveri.

This bitch deserved it!
Curious statements coming from someone that looks like the result of a $200 sex-change surgery.
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She was deservedly sacked. Bye!
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Why apologize when you've been fired already! No need to suck on their kneecaps
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I just listened to her sing one of the slowest (dragging) Vissi d'Arte's I've ever heard. The voice is not bad though.

This is why people who are in the public eye should shut the hell up. Who did she think really needed to know her opinion on gays? Even if her husband posted the worst of it, one wonders why she would be with a man who is that vile.

And for someone in the arts especially to not realize that you can't talk about gays in the way that she did and not expect serious repercussions is just plain stupid.

Then again she is a soprano.

I will never understand this need that so many people in the public eye have to put their thoughts out into cyberspace because once they are there, that's all she wrote.
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Comments on the spur of the moment can always be forgiven, but with a letter like that, then the fat lady sings.
I don't think that sort of venom would be particularly easy to overlook in any context (other than satirical comedy).
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This is why people who are in the public eye should shut the hell up. Who did she think really needed to know her opinion on gays? Even if her husband posted the worst of it, one wonders why she would be with a man who is that vile.

And for someone in the arts especially to not realize that you can't talk about gays in the way that she did and not expect serious repercussions is just plain stupid.
It's cultural stupidity. It's not just an example of the "few bad apples".
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Work again? Like where? In Australia?
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