A Georgian Opera Singer who described gay people as “faecal masses” on Facebook in a homophobic rant has claimed that it was in fact her husband that wrote the status. Tamar Iveri is in Australia to perform in a remake of the Shakespeare play Othello.
Her rant which was deleted soon after had praised Georgian people for “spitting at the parade, organized by your team.” She was refereeing to an LGBT parade which took place in the country for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia last month (May).
The rant was written to Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili asking him to “stop vigorous attempts to bring West’s ‘fecal masses’ in the mentality of the people by means of propaganda.”
However the singer has since released a statement saying that it was not her who wrote the “letter” but in fact her religious husband. Her statement reads as follows:
“I am shocked and saddened by the reports in the internet and in the Australian media calling me a homophobic (sic).
“Please let me explain what lead to the recent articles that you might have read.
“My husband was using my Facebook account at that time and he is a very religious man with a tough attitude towards gay people. He copied my text, changed it considerably and posted it under my name.
“You might imagine that I was not happy with that at all and I immediately deleted it when I saw the text about half an hour later. This text does not express my own opinion.
“I’m afraid it was too late and the text was already spreading in the internet.
“For my entire career I have been working with gay people and some of them are very dear friends. All of them can confirm that I never lost a word that might associate me with homophobic ideas. I respect every single human being and I am against all kind of descrimination (sic) and violence.”
The company behind the production has also released a statement saying “Opera Australia has become aware in the past 24 hours, of the media and social media coverage of comments reported to have been made by soprano Tamar Iveri.
“Rehearsals and performances at Opera Australia are continuing as planned.”