November 7, 2018 at 3:16 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Jack White blasts venue that stopped two women kissing at his show

Jack White (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Jack White made it clear he won’t tolerate homophobia at his concerts in an Instagram post reacting to a homophobic incident that occurred during his concert in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

CBC News reports the show took place at the venue Rogers Place where Allyson MacIvor and her friend got excited that White started to play his band The White Stripes’ hit “Seven Nation Army.” MacIvor says she and her friend aren’t a couple but they shared a kiss in the moment.

“I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here,'” MacIvor told CBC News.  “It was very violating and invasive…It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.”

The staff member brought MacIvor and her friend to a manager who told the staff member to return to their post and “apologized profusely.”

White heard about the incident and posted a photo of two women kissing at a Beatles concert in 1964. He says at his next concert in Calgary he dedicated a song to the two women and “encouraged everyone in the crowd to kiss their loved ones.”

“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. 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,” White writes.

 

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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. 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. -Jack White III

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OEG spokesperson Tim Shipton told the CBC in a statement: “We have absolute zero tolerance for any form of discrimination.”

MacIver and her friend were compensated with a free concert and dinner. She says she has also invited the employee to attend with them.

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