An opera singer is under fire for an anti-gay rant in which she referred to gay people as ‘faecal masses’, and welcomed violent attacks against a pride parade.
Tamar Iveri, who is Georgia-born but currently a member of Opera Australia, is due to star in the the company’s upcoming production of Othello.
However, it has been revealed that last year, the singer posted an openly homophobic rant on Facebook, welcoming violence against a gay pride parade in Georgia.
The rant, which was addressed to the Georgian president, read in part: “I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade, organized 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 West’s ‘faecal masses’ in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda.
“Do not try to wrap this mass in beautiful packages, pour Chanel perfume on it and present it to people as if it was something of medical, recreational qualities.
“No matter how unhappy the ‘friendly West’ might become, fortunately, the Georgian people are well aware of what fruits, offered by the West in their menu, to eat and what to discard.
“Just like my small dog guesses it.”
Opera Australia are yet to comment on the letter, which Iveri has since deleted, though their social media pages have been swamped with criticism, and several opera stars have spoken out.
Soprano Vicki Watson said: “Her use of her operatic profile to support hate against LGBT and others is deeply disturbing and has the Australian opera community in shock.”