Former White Stripes frontman Jack White has been kicking off his Canadian tour in Edmonton. During the concert on November 2, Allyson MacIvor leaned into her girlfriend and gave her a kiss. Suddenly, the pair were interrupted by a venue usher and asked to stop.
“I embraced my girlfriend, and some staff member came in between us, and she said, ‘This is not allowed here.'”
She said the usher placed her hand between them:
“It was very violating and invasive. It’s not something I’d ever imagine experiencing, honestly.”
A CBC interview with MacIvor can be seen below.
The woman told she was not "allowed" to kiss her female friend at a @RogersPlace concert doesn't want the usher fired – she wants to use this as an opportunity to educate: https://t.co/LachYJMC2g #yeg pic.twitter.com/VaMKomANIX
— CBC Edmonton (@CBCEdmonton) November 6, 2018
The usher then escorted the pair to a venue manager. After they explained what happened, the usher was directed back to her post. MacIvor says that the manager apologized and had them fill out an incident report.
The incident got back to Jack White, who dedicated his performance of “Love Interruption” to MacIvor, saying:
Jack White: “Let’s promote love and acceptance wherever and whenever we can” https://t.co/HjyNee6iUG
— Pitchfork (@pitchfork) November 7, 2018
MacIvor handled the aftermath of the situation with grace.
Wow. This is CLASS. ❤????????????????????
Allyson MacIvor responds to bigotry ~ "Hopefully…this employee and I can just get to know each other as people & move past this in a healthier way." https://t.co/hrUu2nG2Dh
— Marnie Kurylo (@MarnieKurylo) November 6, 2018
People were saddened by what happened.
— Dustin Klaudt (@dustin_klaudt) November 6, 2018
— iSMSS (@iSMSS_Ualberta) November 6, 2018
Just as shocked as Jack White was when he brought it up during his concert on Saturday, I can’t believe that this happened to a concert goer in 2018 – in Canada. Also, I feel bad that she had to out herself to be able to share her bad experience with venue’s staff. https://t.co/YvYwDwVIKl
— kait kucy (@kaitkucy) November 7, 2018
Others were here for Jack White’s response.
Jack white doesn’t tolerate your ignorance and i’m here for it
— Craiggg (@iconyah) November 7, 2018
Way to go Jack White & Allyson MacIvor for taking the high road.
Everyone in Alberta deserves to feel safe & welcome regardless of who they love.
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) November 8, 2018
We are so sorry this happed at a show we were a part of. We firmly believe that love is love and should be expressed freely without fear of oppression.
We stand with Jack on this!
— Crown Lands (@CrownLandsMusic) November 8, 2018
And most voiced their support for MacIvor.
Whoever stopped them. Show them a calendar and the year.
— Julie Callaghan (@juliecal72) November 7, 2018
Peace to you and your gf. Sorry you went through this.
— Isabella Marzano (@mindsrsex) November 7, 2018
Peace love & acceptance there is too much wrong with this world but two people in love kissing is positive!????????????????
— M28OON (@m28oon) November 7, 2018
Wow, Allyson’s response is a lesson in forgiveness and compassion that we could all learn from; though she & her friend should not have had to removed from the venue.
— John Bass (@jpb555) November 7, 2018
Let’s hope the usher learns something from this incident.