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Singer Michelle Shocked made an anti-gay comment during a show in San Francisco, and concert venues cancel her upcoming shows. Jean Elle reports.
Michelle Shocked stunned Sunday night in San Francisco--and not at all in a good way.
"I live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry," the 51-year-old singer-songwriter reportedly told an appalled crowd at live-music venue Yoshi's in San Francisco.
She summed up by saying, "You can go on Twitter and say 'Michelle Shocked says God hates f-gs,'" according to Matt Penfield, who was live-tweeting the show from the stage. "all cool. 2nd set, she got up went full hate speech," he wrote.
Yoshi's manager Derek Hunter said that when his staff called him and told him what the singer said, he decided to pull the plug on the show right then and there. Members of the audience shouted at her, urging her to stop the hate speech.
Hunter said he's tried to reach Shocked to have her explain her actions, but he has yet to receive a reply. She is never invited back, he said. Venues in Novato and Santa Cruz have also canceled events with her.
Shock's ex- fans also turned to Twitter to express their outrage. Per meow.com (Musicians for Equal Opportunity for Women), one audience member tweeted, "wow, she's a total bigot and said so on stage. It was unreal. We had to leave. I am so disappointed."
And that concertgoer wasn't the only disappointed one, as it appears that Shocked's touring schedule is getting lighter by the minute.
"In light of recent developments, eTown must cancel the upcoming concert with Michelle Shocked, originally scheduled to take place in May at eTown Hall," Helen Forster, founder of the Boudler, Colo.-based eTown, said in a statement.
"From the very beginning, our goal as an organization has been to foster a spirit of community and inclusiveness in all that we do...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."
Per a site that's tracking the cancellations, Shocked also now has openings on March 29, when she was originally slated to play the HopMonk Tavern in Novato, Calif.; April 24, when she was supposed to be at Palm's Playhouse in Winters, Calif.; April 26, now that Seattle's Meanders Kitchen has nixed her show; and May 5, when she was going to be in Evanston, Ill.
"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," read a statement posted on the Facebook page of venue Evanston SPACE.
"Truth is leading to painful confrontation #shortsharpshocked," Shocked tweeted sometime during or after her second set when, according to Penfield, she went "full hate speech" after a well-received first set.