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Published: 2013/03/20

Telluride Bluegrass Drops Michelle Shocked In Light of Anti-Gay Slurs

Yesterday the Telluride Bluegrass Festival announced that the Drepung Monks would join the 2013 lineup replacing the scheduled collaboration between Michelle Shocked and the Campbell Brothers. This follows a wake of cancellations after Shocked reportedly told an audience on Sunday night at Yoshi’s in San Francisco, “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).’”

Initially, Planet Bluegrass, which promotes the event, posted a Facebook message which stated:

Dear Festivarians… We are carefully considering the status of Michelle Shocked at the upcoming 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

We certainly do not condone any of Michelle’s reported statements from her 3/17 performance. But given our 20-year relationship with Michelle (and our festival being 6 weeks later than her other US performances), we are taking a little extra time to confirm all the facts (beyond the 3rd party news stories) before making a final decision.

We appreciate everyone’s thoughtful Facebook comments, emails, and phone calls regarding the situation. We especially welcome comments from people who were personally in attendance at Michelle’s 3/17 performance.

Planet Bluegrass likely received a barrage of such feedback as the announcement that Shocked had been replaced appeared just a few hours later.

At this point it appears that nearly all of her upcoming shows have been cancelled (The HopMonk Tavern in Novato, CA, for example, posted on its website, “Due to comments made by Michelle Shocked at Yoshi’s in San Francisco last night, March 17, we have decided to cancel our show here with Michelle on Friday March 29. Refunds can be made at place of purchase.”).


There are 12 comments associated with this post

tom March 20, 2013, 14:48:34

Shocked and Served

jazzfester March 20, 2013, 15:16:36

Well done. She can play the Westboro Baptist Church functions to make up the lost revenue.

me March 20, 2013, 15:26:52

Very disappointing news… can’t believe she could be such a closed minded loser… Hope she rethinks her position about her fellow human beings, or else ends up playing gigs for neo-nazi skinheads and like-minded low functioning humans (including Westboro… who now have neighbors with a freshly painted home). Lose the hate, celebrate… love is what comes from above!

Jesse March 20, 2013, 18:02:06

yeah, how dare she say something we don’t agree with! grrrrrrrrrrr! we’re so open-minded!

Todd_Parker March 20, 2013, 18:52:19

I abhor bigotry of any kind, but I wish I could just go see music regardless of the viewpoint of the musician. Sticks and stones…

me March 20, 2013, 19:30:22

@ Jesse… yes, how dare we have a reaction to something inflamatory… we’re so closed minded…

Dave March 20, 2013, 20:56:33

Freedom of speech….... Until you offend someone that is. My Ass!

beau g March 20, 2013, 21:54:58

People and artist should be able to say whatever they want to say…..........Why didn’t planet bluegrass take a little time and speak w/ her mgmt. and request she be sensitive to tellurides fan base and “do not say a word, just rip bluegrass” and everything will be fine”. Maybe next year Henry Rollins will headline. BG

Peach head March 21, 2013, 10:39:10

@ Jesse Freedom of speech guarantees you freedom from prosecution by the govt and nothing more. Everyone else is entitled to their opinion

GoodnNuff March 21, 2013, 20:00:09

Freedom of Speech doesn’t mean one is free of the consequences of that speech…

Erik Yates March 30, 2013, 13:19:51

@ Jesse Telluride has the right to exercise their freedom of speech by booking whichever acts they want.

Shocked and crazy April 3, 2013, 00:35:35

Hate speech is a form of free speech but isn’t socially acceptable. She is just homophobic and had to be asked 3 times by Piers Morgan in order to answer. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to have some like Osama Bin Landen singing and proclaiming his point of view. I highly doubt you would agree with his artists statements. Not surprised that bigots though want to hear bigotry enforced in their music. Keeps the dumb dumber so to speak. Justifies your homophobia as well.

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