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Michelle Shocked lives up to her name

Anti-gay rant at SF show riles fans, show cancellation

By Mark C. Brown Mar 18, 2013 11:27AM
Michelle Shocked Twitter Wow. No one saw that one coming.

Apparently last night's Michelle Shocked show at Yoshi's turned into something you'd expect from the Westboro Baptist Church rather than a folksinger, complete with a "God hates fags" rant. Coming from a woman who once self-identified as bisexual, fans were shocked and stunned. Some left the show. Many went to Twitter to try to make sense of what happened to the singer best known for her hit "Anchorage" a quarter century ago.

Some fans tried to see it as some sort of satire, but ultimately Shocked's rant was so pointed and hateful that even the die-hard fans on Twitter reluctantly concluded that she meant it. "Totally sincere. Super anti-gay and hateful," Matt Penfield Tweeted. Yoshi's management finally shut down the show.

Shocked Tweeted "Truth is leading to painful confrontation" and has gone silent ever since. She has attended a church in Los Angeles for years, as seen below.
According to her official YouTube channel the San Francisco show was the opening night on her new tour; she'll be in Los Angeles soon. Fan reaction is going to be interesting.

Update: The fallout has begun, with the nationally syndicated, socially conscious music show eTown cancelling Shocked's upcoming appearance. Helen Forster, co-founder of the long-running program with her husband Nick, issued this statement this afternoon:

In light of recent developments, eTown must cancel the upcoming concert with Michelle Shocked, originally scheduled to take place in May at eTown Hall. From the very beginning, our goal as an organization has been to foster a spirit of community and inclusiveness in all that we do - whether it's a radio taping, special event, concert or social cause we support. We are deeply saddened by today's news, and are pulling the plug on this event. Anyone who had purchased tickets for the show can receive a full refund... We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding.
More update: Shows have now been canceled in Colorado, Illinois, Oregon and California, and Yoshi's has banned the singer from ever performing there again. I'd be surprised if she plays another show anytime soon.

Mar 20, 2013 2:22PM

Well I am so disappointed in this talented artist-who would have thought she would have gone to the dark side and destroy her career while advocating hate. Too bad girl-loos like you be a checker at Wal-Mart soon!


Mar 20, 2013 10:18AM

yet it is OK for PSY to sing about killing American soldier's daughters and mothers with no fact more exposure by an invite to the White House and a Super Bowl ad.

I didn't see the same level of indignant uproar over his words.

Mar 20, 2013 5:40AM
I think thought this would be the best way to kick off her "YOU'VE PRETTY MUCH SEEN THE LAST OF ME!" Tour.
Mar 20, 2013 5:05AM
dont see the point other than to draw attention. her music certainly doesnt. and now i will never have another thought about her. again.
Mar 20, 2013 4:28AM
Wow what a concept! Relaunching a "career"? by alienating anyone that doesn't hate and thinks rationally. You must be a genius!
Mar 19, 2013 10:02PM
You gotta speak your heart or die a miserable fate. Jesus save sister Shocked
Mar 19, 2013 9:17PM
She is entitled to free speech. I disagree with what she said, though. I think God values kindness and tolerance.
Mar 19, 2013 8:21PM

If you could read the comment I wrote earlier today about Roland Martin and CNN's brave decision to show him the backdoor, you would see the similarity between he and Ms. Michelle.  Mean spirited hateful people like them spew their venom, hurt others and then run instantly for cover behind their religion and the bible.  They are to be ignored and we, the victims, get our revenge by banning them from our lives and destroying them economically. 

Mar 19, 2013 6:47PM
It is funny how people claim to be religious yet, they exhibit hearts full of hate and anger.  What God do you supposedly  follow? Because all  these types of hateful thoughts and actions glorify the Behemoth.
Mar 19, 2013 6:30PM
Never heard of her before, but I hope to find where she will perform close to me so I can go and support her.
Mar 19, 2013 5:09PM
This is FREE country and she has a right to say what she wants. In a world as sinful as ours the backlash is expected. She has my 100 percent support!!! and will always be welcomed in South Carolina!!!!
Mar 19, 2013 12:12AM
She just gutted her career. Doesn't matter if you believe in homosexuality, are religious or anything this was total career suicide.
Mar 18, 2013 11:54PM

God IS real, but DISCRIMINATION & HATE are all too HUMAN in their origins.


Mar 18, 2013 10:42PM
Michelle.... I have three words for you.... "Go Bless Yourself"!
Mar 18, 2013 10:18PM
She's lesbian to the core, and her friggin' religion has taught her how to self-hate.
Mar 18, 2013 8:47PM
Just what we all needed, the opinion of a one hit wonder.
Mar 18, 2013 8:19PM
Freedom of speech only if you say what they want us to believe.
Mar 18, 2013 7:59PM
No excuse. No clue. No respect. No way!
Mar 18, 2013 7:08PM
I hope when they pulled her off stage that they admitted her to the local mental ward. Should send her to the same lockup as Lindsey Lohan.

My blog name says it all.        She has never been anything and therefore is irrelevant.

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