Alternative-folk singer Michelle Shocked lived up to her name yesterday as she used her stage for an outlet to share her disapproval of the homosexual community and clearly shocked her audience.
The New York Times reports that Grammy-nominated artist went on an anti-gay rant at her San Francisco show at Yoshi’s and it appeared to be planned.
Shocked stated, “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back.” The majority of the crowd decided to walk out of the concert after her verbal attack.
This girl had been a Lilith fair regular for years and a known liberal at one point. After years of being considered a progressive-leaning indie rocker who once identified herself as bisexual, Shocked has become a born-again Christian and apparently has a new agenda.
Unfortunately, she has decided to mix her professional life with her personal life; which in essence isn’t very professional is it?
Audience members state that Shocked proclaimed, “You are going to leave here and tell people, ‘Michelle Shocked said God hates fags.’”
If you’re going to speak for God then you probably shouldn’t proclaim that He hates anyone. Hate is a very strong word. It’s conceivable that God may hate the things that people say or do (like the rest of us) but does God actually hate anyone?
Keep in mind that this female performer does not physically appear to be in touch with her feminine side. Mediaite columnist Tommy Christopher shared today that he just assumed that androgynous folk singer Michelle Shocked was gay, based mainly on the way she looked, and continued to assume that until this morning." He states, "Shame on me for that.” Christopher was certainly not the only one with that assumption.
The folks at Yoshi’s were not very impressed and pulled the plug on Shocked after she told the crowd to use social media to promote Proposition 8, the voter initiative that banned gay marriage in California, and then proceeded to deliver Bible verses in Spanish and English.
The club’s manager reportedly announced over the public address system that the show was over and the singer retorted, “It’s not over!” She continued singing but they cut off her mic and turned off the stage light: Game over …
Yoshi’s artistic director Derek Hunter issued a statement about the situation. “This was Michelle Shocked’s third visit to Yoshi’s San Francisco; her first was March 2009. She has never given any indication that she is anti-gay or racist in her previous plays. She obviously has some serious issues and unfortunately chose our venue to vent them.”
Michelle’s March 29 show was cancelled due to her comments and you can bet there will be more to follow. Yoshi’s made it clear that the singer will never perform there again and added, “We at Yoshi’s SF do not & will not ever tolerate the type of bigotry & hatred exhibited last night @MShocked.”
It’s a safe bet that there are not a lot of people that would want Michelle Shocked to speak on their behalf so how do you think God feels about it?
When are these musicians ever going to get it through their heads that people buy tickets to their shows to hear them perform? Joe Public doesn't dish out all that hard-earned cash to watch entertainers misuse the power of the microphone by force-feeding their personal opinions and beliefs about politics, religion or anything else for that matter.