March 20, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Michelle Shocked shocks audience with rant
Michelle Shocked, music, gay news, Washington Blade

Singer Michelle Shocked denounced same-sex marriage during a San Francisco concert. (Photo by Rob Keaton via Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

12 Comments
  • She has not been misunderstood. As a self-proclaimed Christian fundamentalist, she believes that homosexual behavior is a sin in the eyes of God that needs to be repented for. Even if she does not think that it deserves her own or other peoples’ judgment or hatred, she still thinks that it is a divine offense. Rather than calling Michelle Shocked a hater, it’s enough to say that LGBTQ people and their supporters don’t want to listen to songs sung by someone who views their behavior as sinful. They don’t subscribe to her fundamentalist reading and valuation of her Bible as a guide to social orientation.

  • It just pleases me beyond belief that all her concerts were cancelled. Maybe now she will just stick to singing at her church.

  • why you posting this on facebook again today? this happened almost 2 weeks ago. Are you that hard up to get people to your website?

    • Pamela Kleinhelter

      No disrepect Randy Petersen, but I just now saw this on fb, so am glad that it was reposted.

    • For some reason they have a habit of reposting old news…. I find it rather irritating. The Blade just isn't exhibiting the quality of reporting that it had in its glory days.

    • For some reason they have a habit of reposting old news…. I find it rather irritating. The Blade just isn't exhibiting the quality of reporting that it had in its glory days.

    • For some reason they have a habit of reposting old news…. I find it rather irritating. The Blade just isn't exhibiting the quality of reporting that it had in its glory days.

    • Same here, very irritating that they constantly repost stories 1-2 weeks after first reporting them. I criticized them before about this, and they responded by banning me from their Facebook page. They are very childish and obviously run by amateurs these days. I imagine I will soon be banned here for criticizing them again.

  • It would have helped if this article had more background information about who the performer is, was this new behavior on her part, who is Basic Rights Orgeon and how do they play into this issue. In general this was very poorly reported.

  • It would have helped if this article had more background information about who the performer is, was this new behavior on her part, who is Basic Rights Orgeon and how do they play into this issue. In general this was very poorly reported.

  • It would have helped if this article had more background information about who the performer is, was this new behavior on her part, who is Basic Rights Orgeon and how do they play into this issue. In general this was very poorly reported.

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