Veteran folksinger Michelle Shocked, long considered a firebrand progressive activist, is getting a lot of heat today after a show at Yoshi’s in San Francisco in which she declared from the stage, “”God hates fags and you can tweet that I said so.”

Her March 28 show, scheduled for Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, has been cancelled, the club announced today.┬áThis morning, the Hopmonk Tavern in Novato and S.P.A.C.E. outside of Chicago also announced that they were cancelling Shocked’s scheduled appearances.

“All of us at Moe’s Alley are believers in the positive vibe and message in the music we present,” said Moe’s owner Bill Welch. “We will not tolerate bigotry or hateful views from anyone, regardless of musical talent.”

According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, about two-thirds of the crowd immediately walked out of the concert on Sunday, and Yoshi’s staffers shut down the lights and Shocked’s microphone. A refund was also offered.

A Twitter user who was at the show claimed that Shocked said from the stage that that she lives in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry.

Shocked has yet to respond to the furor caused by her comments. Her latest tweet read “Truth is leading to painful confrontation.”

20 thoughts on “Michelle Shocked concert cancelled in Santa Cruz following anti-gay slur in San Francisco

  1. I have sent a request to Moe’s Alley to consider canceling her show. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior in our town! I used to like her music. How sad for her to be living in such fear.

  2. Gimmee a break, if we cannot voice our own opinions in this world go live somewhere else, just cuz we listen to her music does fnot mean we have to agree with every single thing she says does it???

  3. Yeah – she was really great until she turned “born again”. What a waste of talent and formerly progressive thinking. Her mind has been destroyed and I have no desire to hear anything she will ever say again. Too bad.

  4. I remember when she played at the Catalyst in ’98.
    She said, ” i’m on the rag, can I get a towel from the bar? ” Then she draped the bar towel over the microphone and proceeded to play her set. It was weird but kind of refreshingly so.

  5. If your opinion is “God hates fags,” it’s probably best not to state that publicly in front of an audience that has come to hear your music. I am very disappointed in Michelle Shocked. Becoming a fundamentalist shouldn’t automatically lead you to engage in disparaging speech. Maybe one day Michelle will discover that Christ taught love, not hate.

  6. Hey VC, would you be so sanguine if we substituted the words n*ggers or k*kes in the place of fags? PLUS, no one says she can’t voice her opinions. She can and she has. And other people are equally free to respond however they want. If that includes not wanting her at their venues, or calling her a hate-filled bigot, well, that’s just voicing our own opinions. Isn’t it? If you don’t like it, as a wise man once said: go live somewhere else.

  7. Of course she is free to speak as she wishes. But if people are paying her to entertain, they they don’t need to buy tickets if they no longer like what she considers entertainment. . And if a promoter is free to not give her a podium. Personally, I hope her career is over. She is free to speak on street corners, or her church, or her dining room table–where every she finds an audience. Just like anyone.

  8. Prop 8 is dying a long, slow painful death and I’m sure there will be more militant stances from it’s supporters as they realize their baby won’t live out the year.

    As many have said already, there is no place for public bigotry in America anymore. Privately, you can feel how you want, but take it public, and your mic will continue to be turned off.

  9. It is apparently well known that she is paranoid schizophrenic and has been hospitalized recently. Her words of bigotry might be more due to mental illness than free speech. They are unacceptable nonetheless.

  10. interesting interpretation of christianity she has. she needs to go back to sunday school. isn’t christianity and god supposed to be about love?

  11. Too bad being born again obviously has nothing to do with love thy neighbor. I second your comments.

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