SAN FRANCISCO—Folk singer Michelle Shocked sparked a firestorm of controversy on Sunday with her anti-gay tirade during a concert at a bay area performance venue called Yoshi’s.
“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, according to the Bay Area Reporter.
The newspaper further reported many concertgoers had walked out by the time Yoshi’s management abruptly ended the concert as Shocked protested. The 11 venues in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Illinois at which the singer had been scheduled to perform during her U.S. tour cancelled her scheduled concerts.
The Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland, Ore., announced on its Facebook page it is planning a benefit concert for Basic Rights Oregon on the same day Shocked had been scheduled to perform.