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Audio recording emerges of singer Michelle Shocked’s anti-gay rant

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Audio emerged Wednesday of folk singer Michelle Shocked’s performance at a San Francisco club on Sunday night, in which her anti-gay remarks have led to a firestorm of criticism among the LGBT community and its allies, and led to an abrupt end to her U.S. tour.

During a brief exchange with audience members minutes into her second set at Yoshi’s San Francisco, Shocked said, “If someone would be so gracious as to please tweet out, ‘Michelle Shocked just said from stage, God hates faggots.’ Would you do it now?”

Michelle Shocked

Her remarks, which included her opposition to same-sex marriage, led to most of the audience walking out of the venue.

“So it’s not too late. You can jump into this Jesus gang anytime you want. But, um, I was in a prayer meeting yesterday, and you’ve gotta appreciate how scared, how scared folks on that side of the equation are.

“I mean, from their vantage point — and I really shouldn’t say ‘their,’ because it’s mine, too — we are nearly at the end of time. And from our vantage point, we’re gonna be, uhhh, I think maybe Chinese water torture is gonna be the means, the method — once Prop 8 gets, uh, instated, and once, um, preachers are held at gunpoint and forced to marry the homosexuals, I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back.

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“You said you wanted reality.

“If someone would be so gracious as to please tweet out, ‘Michelle Shocked just said from stage, God hates faggots.’ Would you do it now?”

[Emphasis added.]

In a statement issued late Tuesday, Shocked claimed her remarks were “misinterpreted.”

“To those fans who are disappointed by what they’ve heard or think I said, I’m very sorry: I don’t always express myself as clearly as I should,” she said.

The audio is here, the audience exchange begins at about the 4:35 mark, and continues until the Yoshi’s management intervenes at about the 17:15 mark:

Fall out since Shocked’s performance was swift. In the 48 hours that followed, ten of the eleven venues remaining on Shocked’s U.S. tour cancelled her performance, citing the San Francisco incident. The remaining venue said Shocked herself cancelled that performance.

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51 more reader comments:

  1. Well FUCK YOU MICHELLE SHOCKED.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:05pm
  2. She sounds like she’s on drugs.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:06pm
  3. i thought she was gay…ohhh welll

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:06pm
  4. She’s gross!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:07pm
  5. Btw, see not even a has been…!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:07pm
  6. I second that FUCK YOU.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:07pm
  7. Apparently, at one point, she did come out as gay. Then I read later in her career that she was married to a man. I never cared either way, I just loved her music so much. Now…. she seems like someone who has been captured and brain-washed by some Westboro-nutbag, so-called christian group. I really hate that for her. She was once a very avid spokesperson for so many , and now she is whatever!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:09pm
  8. Who the heck is she anyway?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:11pm
  9. well…First I gave you the benefit of the doubt because i wasn’t there…I was about to believe your forgiveness…but Michelle Shocked? Fuck. YOU!!!!! Fuck you with something HARD AND SAND PAPERY!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:12pm
  10. I thought she was gay, too.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:16pm
  11. big dummy lol

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:18pm
  12. Can we get passed this? No one even knew who she was until this. She’s not worth all the attention since she is obviously unhinged.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:19pm
  13. so who is this person? o that’s right a nobody.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:20pm
  14. ^^true.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:23pm
  15. She’s a washed up, has been! Probaly slating homosexuals for publicity!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:26pm
  16. I say ‘fuck you’ to Michelle Shocked too. But could you assholes lay off the “who the hell is that” and “never heard o her” crap. There’s quite a few of us over 30. Over 50 even! We know who she is. I’m NOT defending her but damn, just cuz you don’t know who she is doesn’t mean she wasn’t relevant… once. Matter of fact I have her first cd, which is about to be smashed with a hammer. You can now resume listening to One Direction. #getoffmylawn

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:27pm
  17. Some of us may not know her…but of the few who do. Why NOT expose her? Why NOT display a supposed “Loving” Christian who is anything but loving? The irony.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:28pm
  18. Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:30pm
  19. always call out haters – they are the real threats to society!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:31pm
  20. Yes because her relevant-ness can excuse her homophobic slurs?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:32pm
  21. If this was a racist rant she would have been arrested? How is it ok just because its against gays? It’s totally unacceptable

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:34pm
  22. Ok…does she ALWAYS sound like that, cause she sounds drugged and possessed

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:34pm
  23. She had it coming…solo knock out in the first!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:34pm
  24. this shit is hilarious. i dont even know who the fuck she is.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:38pm
  25. I love the part at the end where she begs for more money from people who already paid to see this debacle. Shameless.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:54pm
  26. LOL, Bi Bi IGNORANT BE-ATCH

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 4:59pm
  27. Another deadbeat looking for there 15 minutes of fame.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:01pm
  28. I heard her speak. She knew what she was saying. She was homophobic as ever – a crazed jesus nut job.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:02pm
  29. all i can say is wow

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:04pm
  30. Her music was terrible.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:04pm
  31. If she was gay ex gay it is disgusting she calls herself a Christian barf…..I find ex gays worse they seem to go out of there way to be more hateful like their conversion makes them above reproach…..

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:08pm
  32. Michelle who? :(

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:10pm
  33. How embarassing for her. What a disgrace.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:16pm
  34. who gives a fuck…. let the nobody remain unknown

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:19pm
  35. I am so glad that I got to hear that recording because I was really wanting somehow to believe her after reading her apology. I think she is a really confused woman and don’t be too harsh on her because she may have issues we know nothing about.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:27pm
  36. WTF!!? This attention-hungry bitch considers herself a Christian!?!? Sounds more like she is possessed by the devil instead. She disgusts me on so many levels…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:30pm
  37. She’s an obvious idiot. And maybe gay herself???? HMMMMMMM….

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:36pm
  38. Ah the Jesus freaks…..

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:39pm
  39. There’s no misconstruing her words when you listen to the audio.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 5:53pm
  40. To be honest, she sounds bipolar, needs medicine, hyper-religious, feels empowered like she knows something, her song was terrible – difficult to follow – out of touch. She continued singing when they turned off the lights. A normal person would have picked up on the social cues that something isn’t right.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:02pm
  41. She is so much like many crazy people I have met in the evangelical church. Its a form of mental illness,she is self deluded, narcisstic and riding on an ego trip. Funny thing is, not many know who the hell she is anyway,,,,till now. wow!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:08pm
  42. Really? She was misinterpreted? How do you misinterpret that?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:14pm
  43. Yeah, my only thought on Michelle being misinterpreted was this: http://twitpic.com/cd103k

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:20pm
  44. Must not listen. Must . . . not . . . listen!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:22pm
  45. Now she shouldn’t be anti gay. Let them be themselves. Just refrain from trying to force your belifes on anyone else. God will deal with them soon enough.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:24pm
  46. Can we stop discussing this person today LGBTQ Nation?

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:35pm
  47. No body knew she was until this statement came out.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:23pm
  48. Hey Brad, please see Curt Struebin’s comment further up the page… and yes, that would apply to you.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 7:38pm
  49. Wow, I am “Shocked.” I forgot about her for the last ten years. I thought she was progressive and wondered if she was a lesbian. Her lyrics have been decidedly feminist.. What happened to her? Very disappointing news.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:26pm
  50. Shun her ass.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:43pm
  51. Very sad, she should have kept her mouth shut and stick to singing and play her guitar which is much more pleasant.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:02pm