Jack White ‘disappointed’ by homophobic incident at Canadian show

Angelo Anderson
November 7, 2018

Concertgoer Allyson MacIvor says an usher told her she wasn't allowed to kiss her female companion last Friday, Nov. 2, at White's concert at Edmonton's Rogers Place, according to CBC News.

While they are not in a relationship, the women were caught up in the moment. But the two were then quickly confronted by a Rogers Place usher who asked them to stop.

"We instantly got stopped by the usher who said, "I'm sorry this is not allowed here", MacIvor told CTV Edmonton.

"It was very violating and invasive", MacIvor added. After telling the manager what happened, the employee was told to resume her post.

Still, she felt "violated and hurt", so she filled out an incident report, and chose to share her experience on Facebook.

MacIvor noted she and her friend filled out an incident report detailing what happened.

After coming home "speechless, disturbed and sad" following the incident, MacIvor shared the story to her Facebook page the following day.

Now, after the incident was brought to his attention, Jack White has taken to social media to express his disappointment at the incident.

"It's a professional platform, so I always hesitated to do that, and this was actually the first time that I announced to the world that I was gay", she said.


During that song, MacIvor grabbed her friend that she was attending the show with "and kissed her", she wrote in a Facebook post.

MacIvor recounted how she kissed her friend as White played her favourite song, Seven Nation Army, which was "a fun moment on a lovely night".

On Saturday, White played in Calgary, where he acknowledged what happened to MacIvor and her friend. During the final encore, one of my favourites songs of all time, I grabbed my friend, and kissed her... a fun moment on a lovely night.

While Allyson MacIvor has not commented any further on the matter, CBC reported that the manager of the venue offered an apology, as did the Oilers Entertainment Group, the organisers of the concert.

A spokesperson for the Oilers Entertainment Group, which owns Rogers Place, told The Edmonton Star that the arena was conducting "a thorough review of the situation".

OEG wouldn't say if the employee was reprimanded. "We unequivocally welcome and support all members of the LGBTQ community". MacIvor said she'd like to go to the Fleetwood Mac concert this weekend and hoped to take the usher as her guest.

I would love to get to know this employee on a more personal and deeper level.

MacIver ended off her post on a hopeful note for the future, while also making a subtle reference to Jack White's song "Love Interruption."

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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