White urges ‘love and ac­cep­tance’

Usher had chas­tised women for kiss­ing at con­cert

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ED­MON­TON — Al­ter­na­tive rocker Jack White says he’s dis­ap­pointed that two women were told to stop kiss­ing at his re­cent con­cert in Ed­mon­ton by an usher who said it was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­iour.”

The Grammy award-win­ning mu­si­cian says on In­sta­gram that it’s 2018 and two peo­ple show­ing af­fec­tion shouldn’t have to hide.

Allyson MacIvor posted on Face­book af­ter the Fri­day night con­cert at Rogers Place that she and a friend were kiss­ing dur­ing an en­core when the usher told them to stop be­cause it wasn’t al­lowed.

They com­plained af­ter the show to a man­ager, who MacIvor says was very un­der­stand­ing and apol­o­gized right away.

White ded­i­cated his song Love In­ter­rup­tion to the women at his con­cert in Cal­gary the fol­low­ing night.

He en­cour­aged ev­ery­one in the au­di­ence to kiss their loved ones.

“Let’s pro­mote love and ac­cep­tance wher­ever and when­ever we can,” he said on In­sta­gram.

MacIvor wrote on Face­book that

We were im­me­di­ately in­ter­rupted by a young Rogers Place worker, who pulled me to the side, away from my seat, wav­ing her fin­ger dis­ap­prov­ingly, say­ing, ‘That’s not al­lowed here,’” Allyson MacIvor

she was caught up in the mo­ment, lis­ten­ing to one of her favourite songs, when she grabbed her friend and kissed her.

“We were im­me­di­ately in­ter­rupted by a young Rogers Place worker, who pulled me to the side, away from my seat, wav­ing her fin­ger dis­ap­prov­ingly, say­ing, ‘That’s not al­lowed here,’” she wrote.

“I wish there was a cam­era to cap­ture the look on my face when she said this.”

CTV News ob­tained a state­ment from the Oil­ers En­ter­tain­ment Group, which op­er­ates Rogers Place, that ac­knowl­edged MacIvor’s com­plaint and said there would be an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“This in­ci­dent does not align with our val­ues, and we take a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to any form of dis­crim­i­na­tion. We un­equiv­o­cally wel­come and sup­port all mem­bers of the LGBTQ com­mu­nity,” the state­ment said.

Rogers Place of­fered MacIvor tick­ets to any show at the arena, and she chose the Fleet­wood Mac con­cert com­ing up on Satur­day.

She also asked that the usher and a friend be in­vited to join her and her guests, but man­age­ment said it felt “it wasn’t ap­pro­pri­ate to in­volve our staff per­son.”

“We are look­ing at op­por­tu­ni­ties mov­ing for­ward to have Allyson in­volved in our sen­si­tiv­ity train­ing.”

One thing MacIvor is adamant about is that the usher not be fired.

“She needs (to be) ed­u­cated so she can go back into the work­place ... and just be a bet­ter worker in this en­vi­ron­ment.”

The Cana­dian Press

CHRIS PIZZELLO/IN­VI­SION

Mu­si­cian Jack White, an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Amer­i­can Epic, poses at the pre­miere of the four-part PBS mu­sic doc­u­men­tary se­ries at the 2016 Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in Park City, Utah. White says he’s dis­ap­pointed that two women were told to stop kiss­ing at his re­cent con­cert in Ed­mon­ton by an usher who said it was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate sex­ual be­hav­iour.

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