By WALLACE BAINE
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. This 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.”