Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked very literally shocked (pun intended) her audience on Sunday after she launched into what critics are calling an anti-gay tirade. The performer, a born-again Christian who was previously labeled bi-sexual, apparently made some intensely-contentious comments.
According to USA Today, she reportedly told the crowd at Yoshi’s SF, “You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates [anti-gay slur].'” Another report in the San Francisco Chronicle claims she said, “God hates fags and you can tweet that I said so.”
But Inquisitr claims Shocked might have gone much further.
“When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilisation, and Jesus will come back,” she allegedly said. “You are going to leave here and tell people, ‘Michelle Shocked said God hates fa**ots.'”
This account is somewhat different from the USA Today and San Francisco Chronicle renditions of her commentary.
If the latter transcription is accurate, she was predicting how people might react, rather than telling individuals to take to social media to let the world know how she feels about gays. Either way, her alleged words are certainly offensive to many, especially considering her use of a word that is generally considered off-limits.
Here’s how some Twitter users reacted:
Regardless of what was said, the crowd apparently reacted quickly, with some instantly walking out of the venue. The venue’s owner apparently tried to end the show as well, but Inquisitr claims that Shocked continued to perform. In the end, staff cut the lights and allegedly shut her down.
As a result of the incident, another venue that was planning to host the singer for a May 5 performance has cancelled her show. SPACE Club in Evanston, Ill., took to its Facebook page on Monday to make the following announcement:
Many of you have reached out already following an ugly rant given by Michelle Shocked at her show in San Francisco last night. After speaking with the promoter of that show about the nature of the remarks, it’s clear that this is no longer a show we’re willing to put our name on. The May 5th performance at SPACE has been cancelled and refunds will be issued at point of purchase.
And LBGTQ Nation claims that others have followed this lead, with nearly every other venue joining in on canceling the singer:
Update: As of Tuesday morning, nine of the 11 venues remaining on Shocked’s U.S. tour have cancelled her upcoming performances:
HopMonk’s Tavern in Novato, Calif., SPACE in Evanston, Ill., eTown in Boulder, Colo., the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Ore., Meander’s Kitchen in Seattle, Cozmic in Eugene, Ore., the Palms Playhouse in Winter, Calif., Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, Calif., and McCabe’s in Santa Monica, Calif., have all announced or tweeted cancellations.
A Change.org petition is calling on the two remaining venues to follow suit.
So far, no video or audio has been released, so it’s difficult to discern what, exactly, was said. Regardless, Shocked’s alleged rant is making viral rounds.
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