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Valentin a Lisitsa is a brilliant musician, a famous virtuoso pianist, also known for publicly expressing her opinion on the Ukrainian conflict through her Twitter account. She is a good friend of the Slavyangrad Team and has kindly translated a number of articles for our publication. Her views are always insightful and she has never made them a secret. We are lucky to have Valentina’s first-hand account about dealings with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (“TSO”), which has decided to cancel her concert because of her political opinions. The TSO’s decision to silence Valentina’s music because she has exercised her inviolable right to express her beliefs is a message to all artists that the next time it could be them.
originally posted by: intrepid
Since when is the TSO "Canada"? I checked their site to see if they were publicly funded or a private entity but it wasn't clear. If a private entity they can do as they choose.
originally posted by: Atsbhct
...The TSO doesn't want to be a stage for ANY opinion pro or anti anything. They want their concerts to be about music. Call them purists.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: soficrow
TSO President and CEO claims she used "deeply offensive language" and was "inciting hatred."
While she was playing?
originally posted by: aboutface
who knows about her tweets unless it's made public?
Valentina Lisitsa alleges that she was shunned by the TSO after she was accused of inciting hatred by a lobby group claiming to represent the Ukrainian community. The group allegedly contacted the TSO, and notified them of tweets made by Valentina Lisitsa which included a tweet pertaining to the Charlie Hebdo caricatures. The TSO then opted to cancel her appearance, to avoid any potential political controversy.
“Trying, in their own words, to teach me a lesson,” Lisitsa said, “they have now attempted to silence me as a musician.”
o, I took to Twitter ( how many of you know I have a Twitter account? LOL) under a name “NedoUkraïnka” – a word roughly meaning “Sub-Ukrainian”, a stab at Ukrainian Prime Minister who called Russian-speaking Southern and Eastern Ukrainians “SUBHUMANS”! Yes, I kid you not. In an official written document. I am a subhuman, my husband, my mom….I mastered Ukrainian language perfectly, far better than a so-called “president” of Ukraine. But I don’t speak it to my family, I didn’t sing lullabies to my son in Ukrainian, when I sleep I never see the dreams in Ukrainian, when I will be dying my last words will NOT be in Ukrainian….
To give you just one example: one of my feats was to confront French fashion magazine “Elle” who published a glowing cover story about women in Ukrainian army. After the research I have shown to the magazine in my Twitter posts that the “cover girl” they have chosen to show was in fact a horrible person, open Neo-Nazi, racist, anti-Semite who boasted of murdering civilians for fun! The magazine issued a written public apology.
Back in December someone in the orchestra top management, likely after the pressure from a small but aggressive lobby claiming to represent Ukrainian community, has made a decision that I should not be allowed to play. I don’t even know who my accusers are, I am kept in the dark about it. I was accused of “inciting hatred” on Twitter. As the “proof” , ironically enough, they presented to the orchestra my tweets containing, of all things, Charlie Hebdo caricatures depicting lying media!!! We all know what those who can’t tolerate free speech did to Charlie Hebdo journalists.
Now, the orchestra based in one of the freest democratic countries is bending over to the same kind of people, helping them to assassinate me – not as a living person yet , but as a MUSICIAN for sure.
originally posted by: aboutface
a reply to: AdamuBureido
Are you forgetting that CSEC is tied into the US system that's been monitoring and linking keystrokes to ID? Perhaps they were the ones to make the link and the Harper govt leaked the info to the group? It gives me shivers honestly.
originally posted by: WilsonWilson
She's not being censored, she's been let go because her political views are bringing her workplace into disrepute.
Where i work i can be sacked for what i post on social media.
It's very very common now, it's even written itno a lot of peoples contracts.