Valentina Lisitsa concerts cancelled for racism and hate-speech

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2015/04/07 • Ukraine

Now that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has dropped concert pianist Valentina Lisitsa from their April performances, we must sift through a glut of equivocations, confused analogies and downright lies from her corner. Ms. Lisitsa Tweets from April 6 attempt to reassure everyone that “I guess my anti-war stance makes them mad”, this ban by TSO is “…freedom retreating and totalitarian thinking advancing”,  “Would U.S.  orchestra ban a musician criticizing Bush or Iraqi War?”, “TSO is punishing ValLisitsa for wanting peace for her own people” and so on. As reported by WQXR, Ms. Lisitsa “wrote in a rambling, 1,000 word post” that basically she was censored “because I exercised the right to free speech.”

One of her followers asked on her @ValLisitsa Twitter page: “Why does the Toronto Symphony want to sanction her?” Good question. While Ms. Lisitsa would like everyone to believe she is fighting the good fight against the anti-art and anti-free speech troglodyte establishment, the actual truth is much more disturbing.

On August 28, 2014 Ms. Lisitsa Tweeted despicable racist commentary with photos of African villagers juxtaposed with Ukrainian schoolteachers. Her snide remarks scoffed at African stereotypes because they wear “tribal dress” as being inferior and unworthy of “Europe”.

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ValLisitsa Tweet 8/28/2014 denigrating Africans with their “tribal dress” as inferior and unworthy of “Europe”

Neither does the Jewish community escape Ms. Lisitsa’s insensitive polemics – her Tweet from June 1, 2014: “[World Grandmaster Chess Champion Gary] Kasparov needs to be reminded that his adorable western democracies enthusiastically deported his people [sic] to gas chambers”. (Does she mean the United States sent victims to gas chambers?)

Ms. Lisitsa disingenuously claims to “love her country [Ukraine]”, yet she posts things like: “Odesa was, is and will be Soviet”, “Russia sent 1,000 men into Ukraine?.. why not send 100 times more and finish it in 3 days?”  amidst a daily stream of vulgar invective against all things Ukrainian. (Surely she can understand the difference between her “beloved” Ukraine defending itself against Russian invasion and the US sending troops into Vietnam and Iraq?). Examples of Lisitsa’s “love” for Ukraine are abundant on her twitter account:

Even more disturbing are Ms. Lisitsa’s Twitter site contributions to a much wider Russian propaganda offensive, including a Moscow far-right racist sponsored art exhibit seen in Berlin and New York called “Material Evidence.”  Ms. Lisitsa’s “confession” letter said she had been “leading a double life”. Now that she has dropped all pretense and stands four-square behind her hate-speech Twitter activities which anyone can read, it will be up to the public to decide.

Will the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall now follow the Toronto Symphony’s example and demand some transparency and honesty from its own “controversial” artists: conductor Valery Gergiev and soprano Anna Netrebko?

For more information about the Valentina Lisitsa scandal, please visit Valentina Lisitsa Performance 

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  • Sasha Kravets

    She is a good player, but she got lost in her own wrong understanding of political and global possesses. I think this has probably happened not only because she watched too much Russian TV, but also because she failed, like many millions in Russia and some in Ukraine, to understand that it was Russia who started war in Ukraine, not the US.

    • puttypants

      Makis…aren’t you confused. USA occupy’s Ukraine. I believe all evidence points to Russia occupying Ukraine. Let’s see who invaded and annexed Crimea? Lied about do that and later admitted it? Gee it was Putin in his documentary!!!! There is so much evidence and even Russian soldiers have admitted to fighting in eastern Ukraine. Head of special forces working under Putin like Stelkov admitted invading eastern Ukraine. Please…your anti-USA propaganda just doesn’t cut it. Very strange how you people can get on the internet and outright lie while all evidence “PROVES” YOU ARE LYING!!!

  • Brent

    Interesting that when you hit Putin and his followers in their ‘pocketbooks’ they squeal with indignation and demand the rights which they deny to others…she can stay in Putintopia and stop trying to earn money from the West and Ukraine that she hates so much.

    Hopefully Merkl and Obama will soon realize how effective this tool is and stop trying to appease and negotiate with Putin’s mafia regime. Sadly, their likely response will be to impose sanctions on Lisitsa like they did to Iosif Kobzan…..

    • Murf

      Their self-serving hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • Paul Leck

    putin invaded Ukraine to bring peace, so he said but 6000 have died due to the invasion, 6000 to many

  • Mazepa

    Because of idiots like v. lisitsa, it has been very EASY for the Ukrainian military to kill over 14,000 mockal swine invading E. Ukraine. Very easy indeed.

    • Vlad Pufagtinenko

      I think the magic number could be 30 000 dead Russian scum and they might then go back to their caves.

      • Vlad Pufagtinenko

        30 001

        • Vlad Pufagtinenko

          Just smoking out the Russian scum.

          • Michel Cloarec

            Funny name to be a bulgarian communist , don´t you think so ?

        • Brent

          Wasn’t the Soviet Union and that mass murderer Josef Stalin the one who was actually the ally of Hitler’s fascist Germany at the start of World War II? Trying to rewrite history Mr Space Cadet?

          Here’s something that be a refresher course for you…..

          • puttypants

            OMG…you are delusional…the only difference is some people in Moscow and St. Petersburg have more money. Otherwise it’s exactly the same…lying propaganda, making excuses to kill people…I could go on and on how Putin compares to Stalin…your hero…

          • Michel Cloarec

            Well first you would be more intelligent , having had the chance to go to a better school than a sovjet one.
            Second, you would have wider views about the truth and the state of mind of a free person, which you are not !
            Soon , with lack of argument , you will write that you want to nuke US, UK,EU aso….

          • Michel Cloarec

            How is that ! can you prove it ?

          • Michel Cloarec

            What you think you see or think is not what the reality is !

          • Paul Leck

            seems it is restarting WW2 to bring poverty to Europe but the people will never welcome russia if they can not be civilised

        • puttypants

          hOW MANY DIED UNDER YOUR EVIL DICTATOR STALIN? Talk about trash….Let’s see just about 20 million in WW2….and another 3-7 million in the 1930’s….This communist crew was one of the most murderous regime’s in history. This Stalin is the one you people worship…what kind of creature’s are you?.

          • Michel Cloarec

            MERDE ALORS ! Adjust your knowledge of the last fascist war against Europe. Sovjet pact with nazi germany, so stalin could attack Finlande How many sovjet citizens dead ? Then sovjet war against half Poland , how many sovjet soldiers dead ? Sovjet war against nazi was a sovjet empire march to put many countries under stalin boots. OK sovjet soldiers (with russian soldiers and others ) were killed . Big differences with russian and sovjet soldiers.
            In the sovjet troops they were people from all over the east.

          • Michel Cloarec

            Try to find out what the pope says about Armeniens today !

          • Michel Cloarec

            That is why !

            After Stalin’s death, Nikita Khrushchev denounced the crimes of his predecessor in a secret speech to Communist party officials in l956. Khrushchev also tore down all statues of Stalin, and erased his name from streets and towns across the Soviet Union.Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin was one of the most hated personality in sovjet.

          • Michel Cloarec

            LIES and ruscist inflation.

            INFLATION IN HISTORY !
            KRASNAYA ARMIYA
            CONSCRIPTS= 34 m 1941-1945
            (Not included the ones who died in Finlande and on the attack of Poland)
            KIA 6, 3 m
            0,5 m of diseases
            4,5 m MIA
            From those 11 m , 1 m rejoined the rank
            1,8 m returned from captivity
            Thus the grand total of losses amounted to 8 668 400 included the 3,6 m dead as pow.
            5,756 T russians
            1,377 T ukrainians
            1,535 T diverse

            Of the conscripted 34 m , 8 m were not slavic , varav 0,5 m jews.
            Krasnaya armiya =red army

      • Michel Cloarec

        Not so many ! I make coffins from melt down metall from lenin´s statues, so many statues there are not !

    • Michel Cloarec

      I can´t recall I made so many coffins

  • Dirk Smith

    Like we always say, once a fascist concubine; always a fascist concubine.

    • Dirk Smith

      says the one who brandishes a communist cosmonaut in his Avatar.

    • Brent

      Marcie, are you still seeing Bandera’s ghost? The KGB assassinated him almost 60 years ago. You should be more worried about the real murderers in Russia’s mafia government.

      • Michel Cloarec

        Pick a spot to move till !
        Is a tupolev 144 good enough for the trip ?

  • Tudval

    I don’t see anything too offensive in what you reprint here. And yes, most people think African culture is inferior to European. Or you can be a hypocrite and pretend you don’t think that. But it’s OK if you say Russian culture and contribution to civilization is less than Western Europeans (I see these opinions being expressed all the time), even though there were no greater composers and writers than Russians, that is a fact that every cultured individual knows.

    • Igor Nemirovsky

      Russian culture is full of paradox! Sometimes really genius insaid of huge space of human rubbish!

    • puttypants

      Tudval….what have you contributed to world culture…all the artists you claimed were Russian but infact were other nationalities such as Dostaevsky who was Lithuanian or Gogal who was Ukrainian….Many came from other countries and Russia simply stole them and called them Russians to the world. Let’s see when WW2 documentaries are made and the announcer calls all soviet soldiers Russian instead of Soviet …some 8 million ukrainian, BelaRus etc., solders fought in that war…they died for a Soviet Union not for Russia. very shortly all the historical lies of great Russian dictators will become known…so maybe you delusional fools will finally wake up and realize you have a dangerous evil man running your country and you’re all following him like a bunch of sheep.

  • Igor Nemirovsky

    I think she is from wrong family. She was coming to our world in the age of 20(approx) and still so stupid soviet microbe. All family of this bitch must be drop out!!

    • puttypants

      Marcel…you’re constantly correcting hate speech and yet you trolls have spewed hate speech and the worst kind of lies about Ukraine…That’s no hate speech? You’re killing people in Ukraine, you are devastating towns and cities all over eastern Ukraine and lie about it with your mercenaries and proxy war? People in Ukraine should more than hate you and they will never forgive you for what you have done to their country…And I mean all the Russians and all nationalities that live in Ukraine…they are all Ukrainians…

      • Michel Cloarec

        You are a typical RUscist . Prayer in the morning ? photo of Lenin, Stalin, Putin ? all the 3 maybe ! Hypocrisy direct from Kremlin

      • Michel Cloarec

        TERRORISM IS FIGHTING AGAINST EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD. EVEN IN PUTIN´S RUSSIA.

        1. “Out in the outhouse”

        Perhaps the most famous statement of his Putin did back as Prime Minister in September, 1999. “Russian aircraft are and will continue to strike in Chechnya solely on terrorist bases, and this will continue, wherever the terrorists are … more We will pursue the terrorists everywhere in the airport at the airport. So you’re not me sorry, we catch in the toilet and in the outhouse of their wet, after all. All closed definitively “.

        For the 2010 year, the position of the President on this issue is not changed: “a matter of honor law enforcement — the masterminds of the attacks against vykovyrât’ from the bottom of the sewers”.

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        ????? ????????????? ?????????? ??????????? ?????? ??? ??????? ??????????? ?? ?? REGNUM

      • Michel Cloarec

        Wrong again ! Like your master you rewrite history . Tillbaka till framtiden was a film. James bond was films, you can ´t seer on the past to fit your ideas and wishes . Sorry ! but as an historiker you are a complete failure . If you want to write history see the second photo of how russia will look like when the russian people will get exacerbeted by putin and his minions. You patron is using his time and temporarly power to rob the 80 republics from their assets . Putin is a mini gengis khan of our time with nuclear missiles instead of arrows.

      • Michel Cloarec

        Why not study the empire of the mongols, the ottomans, and the turcs ! you would be surprised.

  • bornawake

    The piano image is outstanding editorial photo! The graphics designer gets a standing ovation! Bravo! ★★★★★

  • Guest

    So America pumps 5 billion to promote an anti-Russian agenda in Ukraine prior to teh coup and all your publication wants to do is attack a piano player.

    • Vlad Pufagtinenko

      I guess its morning in Moscow…..goodmorning Comrade.

      • Michel Cloarec

        it is always good morning in sovjetland ,putin has decided that !
        Sovjetland is a land of drunk, so 24 hours for them has no morning or evening because they drink all the time.

    • Craig Umniy

      As usual, all out of context, as the Kremlin always does. The US provided a total of about $5 billion in all aid, programmes, etc to Ukraine since 1991–not to mythically suppport a “Gosdep” revoluiton on Maidan. This was all econ, training, military exercises, etc which happened for 23 years–mostly during the times of generally pro-Russian presidents Kuchma and Yanuk. I myself am responsible for some of that, having taken part in some mundane military meeting in Kyiv.

    • puttypants

      USA pumped 5 billion into Ukraine I believe since 1991 pro-democracy…you’re telling us that Russia is an anti-democratic country. Where’s all this anti-Russian propaganda the USA paid for?

    • Michel Cloarec

      5 BIG ONES TO HELP UKRAINE TO BE FREE FROM KREMLIN EBOLA .
      NICE OF YOU USA CITIZENS ! YOU ARE THE REAL DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY ! THE FRENCHS ARE PROUD OF YOU .

  • Michael McNew
  • Mazepa

    v. lisitsa is just another pathetic mockal whore….and she knows this.

  • Jens Ro

    The US doesn’t stab their friends in the back like Russia has done Ukraine

    • Jens Ro

      Imagine that the United States sends some agents to Canada and start a riot in Canada because the country wants to join the EU, shoots down a civilian airliner that happen to cross over Canadian air space. Sending in tanks and equipment in a war that leads to 5000 are killed and even more are crippled. This is what Russia is doing to it’s neighbours. This what Hitler did to the neighbours of Germany. The free world will never let Putin copy and repeat Hitler’s pattern

    • Brent

      You actually doubt that? Time to awaken from your hibernation…

      • puttypants

        Volts is another troll..

  • annaluc

    She is a provocateur for Putin and is now using our own values against us – she has stirred the pot because she got caught being a racist bully under the guise of a pseudonym – does not even have the guts to stand up front and be visible – well this country does not reward bullies – in fact it’s the opposite – we teach our children not to bully other children – well Valentina you are a spoiled child with privileges that most would gratefully appreciate and you got caught – so Valentina, it seems you can dish out garbage but you can’t take it. tsk, tsk, go back to Ukraine!

    • puttypants

      nO PLEASE UKRAINE DOESN’T NEED ANYMORE LYING TRAITORS LIKE HER. SHE HAS UKRAINE’S BLOOD ON HER HANDS. HOW DO THESE PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT?

  • Andrew Kinder

    I’ve rarely read anything so disconnected from reality, nor can I comprehend this strange fascination with Nazis (assumedly stoked by Kremlin propaganda, since the post reads like something straight from RT — American money controlling everything, Nazis, purported ethnic cleansing, conspiracies). At present there are probably more “Nazis” in Alabama than in Ukraine, Germany, or anywhere else in Europe, which really renders the idea of a Russian bulwark against fascist Ukrainians/Europeans an absurd fantasy. Even more absurd is the fact that, to the extent that far-right parties have made gains in western Europe, they are largely supported and financed by Russia itself!

    • Michel Cloarec

      Where does it get this kind of infos ? in my mouldering decay bin in my garden ?

  • Michel Cloarec

    A nazi is a nazi even if its voice is nice ! No matter it still is a nazi !

  • Michel Cloarec

    dO YOU GET INFOS DIRECT FROM rt Or ria.ru or regnum ?