Folk singer Michelle Shocked proved that her name was appropriately chosen this past weekend when she let off an epic anti-gay rant during a concert in San Francisco.
According to the New York Daily News, Shocked was performing at Yoshi’s on Sunday night when she began telling them put a stop to same-sex marriage and support California’s controversial Proposition 8.
“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,” she said.
Shocked, who was quite liberal before becoming a born-again Christian in the ‘90s, cited Old Testament verses and claimed that the world may end if gays and lesbians are allowed to marry. “Live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry,” said Shocked.
According to sources, Shocked then told audience members to spread her anti-gay tirade to the world. “You are going to leave here and tell people, God hates f—–s,’” Shocked said, according to several audience members. Before Shocked could offend her fans any further, the club’s manager cut off her mic and cut off the stage lights and ended the show.
Derek Hunter, Yoshi’s artistic director, recently released statement about the controversy and Yoshi’s has explained that Shocked is now banned from the venue. “We at Yoshi’s SF do not and will not ever tolerate the type of bigotry & hatred exhibited last night by @MShocked,” the venue tweeted. “She will never be back.”
Since the controversy, Shocked has released a statement of her own, claiming that she’s not homophobic, she was simply misunderstood. “My view of homosexuality has changed not one iota,” she said, according to Buzzfeed. “I judge not. My statement equating repeal of Prop 8 with the coming of the End Times was neither literal nor ironic: It was a description of how some folks – not me – feel about gay marriage.”
Regardless of Shocked’s intention, she clearly offended an audience full of people and if she was trying to be sarcastic or sardonic with her choice of words, she failed to properly articulate her thoughts. Perhaps, she should stick to singing instead of speaking about the state of the world and other people’s sexuality.
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