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Published: 2013/03/20

Michelle Shocked Comments on Reported Anti-Gay Slurs

Singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked has issued a two-part statement rebutting accusations that she launched into an anti Gay rant at the end of a performance. During her performance at San Francisco’s Yoshi’s on Sunday night, Shocked reportedly said, “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…You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates (anti-gay slur).’” Several promoters—including Telluride Bluegrass—have cancelled her upcoming shows after the incident.

Shocked’s statements say:

Part 1

I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else). I said that some of His followers believe that. I believe intolerance comes from fear, and these folks are genuinely scared. When I said “Twitter that Michelle Shocked says “God hates faggots,” I was predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted. The show was all music, and the audience tweets said they enjoyed it. The commentary came about ten minutes later, in the encore. And 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. But don’t believe everything you read on facebook or twitter. My view of homosexualty has changed not one iota. I judge not. And 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. The show, and the rant, was spontaneous. As for those applauding my so-called stance that “God Hates Faggots,” I say they should be met with mercy, not hate. And I hope that what remains of my audience will meet that intolerance with understanding, even of those who might hate them. Folks wonder about my sexuality, but denying being gay is like saying I never beat my husband. My sexuality is not at issue. What is being questioned is my support for the LGBT community, and that has never wavered. Music and activism have always been part of my work and my journey, which I hope and intend to continue. I’d like to say this was a publicity stunt, but I’m really not that clever, and I’m definitely not that cynical.

But I am damn sorry. If I could repeat the evening, I would make a clearer distinction between a set of beliefs I abhor, and my human sympathy for the folks who hold them. I say this not because I want to look better. I have no wish to hide my faults, and – clearly – I couldn’t if I tried.

Part 2

I believe in a God who loves everyone, and my faith tells me to do my best to also love everyone. Everyone: gay or straight, stridently gay, self-righteously faithful; left or right, far left, far right; good, bad, or indifferent. That’s the law: everyone.

I may disagree with someone’s most fervently held belief, but I will not hate them. And in this controversy, that means speaking for Christians with opinions I in no way share about homosexuality. Will I endorse them? Never. Will I disavow them? Never. I stand accused of forsaking the LGBT community for a Christianity which is – hear me now – anathema to my understanding of faith. I will no doubt take future flack for saying so. I’m accused of believing that “God hates fags” and that the repeal of Prop 8 will usher in the End Times. Well, if I caused such an absurdity, I am damn sorry. To be clear: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of any so-called faith preaching intolerance of anyone. Again, anyone: straight or gay, believers or not: that’s the law. That means upholding my punk rock values in the most evangelical enclaves and, in this case, speaking up for the most fearful of fundamentalists in, well, a San Francisco music hall full of Michelle Shocked fans.

As an artist in this time of unbearable culture wars, I understand: this means trouble, and this is neither the first nor last time trouble has come my way. And that’s fine by me. I know the fear many in the evangelical community feel about homosexual marriage, as I understand the fear many in the gay community feel toward the self-appointed faithful. I have and will continue speaking to both. Everything else: Facebook, Twitter, whatever…is commentary.

Click here for more on Telluride Bluegrass’ decision to cancel Shocked’s upcoming performance.


There are 11 comments associated with this post

me March 21, 2013, 16:31:26

Um… She’s been in the music seen for YEARS... do a little research… and actually makes decent music, just too bad she can’t respect all who harm no one for who they are…

Cloudy Knight March 20, 2013, 17:41:42

So is she against allowing same-sex marriage? She doesn’t think overturning Prop 8 will lead to end times? She still isn’t being very clear.

geoff March 20, 2013, 18:20:54

who would go on a rant about what other people think? that doesnt make any sense to me. especially if you are a well established musician with your own story to tell. imagine how many different people think different things. i think that was a bad excuse

Eric SF March 20, 2013, 18:53:53

She is now trying to backtrack. She should of had a clue that he was “being misunderstood” when the people at the concert got up and left. Only after 70+ hours and all but one of her future concerts cancelled did she get it.
Too little, too late, too contrived.

MarZaPhiGar March 20, 2013, 23:36:12

What’s that beeping sound?

Jack Straw March 21, 2013, 09:10:29

I feel bad for her. My boyfriend and I went to one of her shows a few years ago and loved it. I’ve been a huge fan for a very long time. I forgive her (although had we been in the audience at the time, we would have been scared before we were angry). She’s crazy…. crazy people make good artists sometimes. Forgive, forget, play music, move on.

me March 21, 2013, 10:39:46

I can respect her opinion, though I disagree with it… However, if you are going to use inflammatory language, regardless how it’s constructed, then be prepared for the reaction… I personally feel she’s backpedaled after seeing what she did to her livelihood… that said, the goal would be for respect of all regardless of personal beliefs… I can’t stand right wingers, but as long as they are respectful, I return the courtesy!

BrianOC March 21, 2013, 11:30:10

The audio says it all, it’s pretty hard to back track on this one. She comes off as a stark raving mad bible belt bigot. Hard to say that she was being misunderstood, it’s quite clear what she was saying. Paging Dr, Freud…..Dr Freud please come to the stage at Yoshi’s.

BrianOC March 21, 2013, 11:30:14

The audio says it all, it’s pretty hard to back track on this one. She comes off as a stark raving mad bible belt bigot. Hard to say that she was being misunderstood, it’s quite clear what she was saying. Paging Dr, Freud…..Dr Freud please come to the stage at Yoshi’s.

notsoshocked March 21, 2013, 13:12:57

She did this for publicity! She is not so talented and she is a “mancunt”!! for even tryn to say something like that!! Just throw yr self off the golden gate bridge no one will care!!

tellsemlikeismellsem!!!!!! March 21, 2013, 15:22:31

i don’t even know who this bitch is… she must really suck and probably has no place on a JAMBAND website….

D$ March 22, 2013, 10:06:26

Now she’ll have to get a job at Lowes or Home Depot!

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