Opera Singer Tamar Iveri Cancels Apology Concert
Opera singer Tamar Iveri, who faced public outrage after an anti-gay rant in which she called members of the LGBT community ‘faecal masses’ has cancelled her apology show to raise money for gay rights groups.
Iveri posted an openly homophobic statement on Facebook in June, a statement that not only brought up her own ill views towards the LGBT community but also encouraged violence against a gay pride parade in Georgia, her home nation.
The statement, which was addressed to the president of Georgia, read in part,
‘I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade, organised by your team. Often, in certain cases, it is necessary to break jaws in order to be appreciated as a nation in the future, and to be taken into account seriously.
‘Please stop vigorous attempts to bring the West’s ‘faecal masses’ in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda’.
At the time the opera star put the blame for the rant on her husband, but eventually agreed to hold a charity concert in Tbilisi on National Coming Out Day in order to apologise.
The concert, however, did not go ahead.
Head of gay rights group Identoba, Irakli Varcharidze, posted a statement on Facebook saying that the concert will be rescheduled for another time due to the fact that Iveri has recently given birth.