by Kevin Allman
The crowd had come, presumably, to hear songs like “Come a Long Way” and “On the Greener Side,” which got airplay on MTV back in the day. (“Greener Side” was even up for a VMA against Madonna’s “Vogue.”)
Instead they were treated to a tirade that allegedly included Shocked announcing “God hates fags.”
Matt Penfield, who was live-tweeting the show from onstage called her rant, delivered during her second set, “totally sincere [and] super anti-gay and hateful.”
We’re still trying to get the full text of her speech, but apparently she told fans “you can go on twitter and say Michelle Shocked said ‘God hates fags.’”
Another Twitter user posted that Shocked “said she lives in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry.”
Shocked, who was raised in the Church of Latter-day Saints and later became a born-again Christian, has publicly embraced leftist causes over the years (including the Occupy movement), but has also been outspoken about her fundamentalism in recent years. In 2011, she appeared at a Christian-oriented music event, the Wild Goose Festival, where she described herself from the stage as "the world's greatest homophobe":
Folk singer Michelle Shocked, who has in recent years publicly rejected her lesbian fan base, became incensed when asked about her “position on homosexuality” by an audience member. “Who drafted me as a gay icon? You are looking at the world’s greatest homophobe. Ask God what He thinks,” she said, before shutting off her microphone to complain, “There is always someone who wants to catch me.”
According to reports, much of the audience walked out on Shocked's show last night, bringing it to an abrupt end. Shocked herself took to Twitter to announce:
UPDATE: San Francisco Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik has more, reporting it was the club that shut down Shocked's performance as people left:
Something like two-thirds of the crowd walked out. Even more horrified than the audience were Yoshi's staffers. The manager, assistant club manager, and sound production engineer who were on duty shut down the show immediately, turning off the lights and cutting off the microphone, said Yoshi's representative Lisa Bautista. An apology was made to the audience and refunds were offered.
The Bay Area Reporter has more details:
"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.
Loud gasps were heard from the audience. Many fans walked out.
"I believe the Bible is the word of God," Shocked continued. More audience gasps were heard. More fans exited and some shouted pro-gay sentiments including "Gays deserve to marry," "That is a rotten and horrible thing to say," "Jesus loves people," and "Don't bash people for who they are."
One woman shouted: "Don't say that shit in San Francisco."
Shocked replied, "Where do I go to say it?"