ABC/Nicole WilderJack White has issued a statement expressing his dismay over a report that two women were told they were not allowed to kiss during his show at Rogers Place in Edmonton last Friday.
According to Canada’s CBC News, concertgoer Allyson MacIvor said she was about to kiss her friend when an usher stopped them.
“I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here,'” MacIvor said.
MacIvor also shared her story on social media. “This was actually the first time that I announced to the world that I was gay,” she said.
On Tuesday, White posted a photo on Instagram of two women kissing at a Beatles concert in 1964.
“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,” White writes in the caption. “This is one of my favorite photos because of how beautiful the situation is; they are hiding in plain sight. [It’s] 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,” he continues. “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.”
MacIvor tells CBC News that a Rogers Place manager “apologized profusely,” and offered her and her friend free tickets to a future show at the venue.
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