Michelle Shocked lives up to her name
Anti-gay rant at SF show riles fans, show cancellation
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.
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!
yet it is OK for PSY to sing about killing American soldier's daughters and mothers with no repercussions........in 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.
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.
God IS real, but DISCRIMINATION & HATE are all too HUMAN in their origins.
My blog name says it all. She has never been anything and therefore is irrelevant.