Jack White 'Really Disappointed' About Report That Women Stopped From Kissing at Edmonton Show

November 7, 2018
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There is no room for homophobia at Jack White's concerts. That's the message the rocker sent on Tuesday (Nov. 6) when he posted a throwback black and white photo of a lesbian couple about to kiss at a Beatles concert in 1964 to protest what he said was an inappropriate action at his Edmonton, Alberta, show at Rogers Place on Friday (Nov. 2). "This photo is a lesbian couple sharing a kiss at a Beatles concert in 1964 while the rest of the crowd screamed for the band. This is one of my favorite photos because of how beautiful the situation is; they are hiding in plain sight. Its 2018 now and two people expressing affection shouldn’t have to hide," he wrote.  

"The news that two women were stopped from kissing during my show in Edmonton really disappointed me. At the next show in Calgary I dedicated the song “love interruption” to the two women and encouraged everyone in the crowd to kiss their loved ones. Let’s promote love and acceptance wherever and whenever we can." 

According to CBC News, Allyson MacIvor and her friend got excited when White played the White Stripes' iconic hit "Seven Nation Army" during the show, and when they turned to each other for a kiss they were reportedly confronted by an usher who placed her hand between them and asked them to stop. "I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, 'This is not allowed here," MacIvor told CBC. "It was very violating and invasive. It's not something I'd ever imagine experiencing, honestly."

The usher then reportedly escorted the two women to talk to a manager, who told the usher to resume their post and, according to MacIvor, "apologized profusely, but it still didn't help the incident and the hurt that came out of this." MacIvor said she filed an incident report about the incident after the show and received apologies from Rogers Place and the Oilers Entertainment Group.

In a Facebook post about the incident, MacIvor -- a musician who has performed with Sarah McLachlan -- wrote: "The arena staff were very apologetic, as I wrote an incident report, with tears in my eyes, realizing we still live in a world where I have to watch my back as a 'gay' woman, and apparently, I still have to watch whom I kiss, even at Rogers Place. So today, I’m making a toast to our children, and the next generation. I hope their love, no matter how it looks, is never interrupted."

"We have absolute zero tolerance for any form of discrimination," OEG spokesperson Tim Shipton told the CBC.

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