Michelle Shocked's anti-gay rant chases away audience; promoters cancel shows
Michelle Shocked, who first first rose to fame in the late '80s after her debut album Short Sharp Shocked, bewildered fans in San Francisco on Sunday when she launched into an anti-gay rant during her set.
"I live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry," the singer said, according to various media reports. "You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates f---.'"
SFist.com says the audience immediately cleared out, causing the venue to pull the plug on the show.
The 51-year-old Shocked (real name: Karen Michelle Johnston) had recently joined the Pentecostal West Angeles Church of God in Christ and identifies herself as a born-again Christian.
Promoters around the country have begun canceling shows by Shocked in wake of her explosion.
“After speaking with the promoter of that show about the nature of the remarks, it's clear that this is no longer a show we're willing to put our name on,” an Evanstone, Ill., club announced on Monday.
"From the very beginning, our goal as an organization has been to foster a spirit of community and inclusiveness in all that we do...We are deeply saddened by today's news, and are pulling the plug on this event," said another club in Boulder, Colo.
"Truth is leading to painful confrontation #shortsharpshocked," Shocked wrote on her Twitter page Sunday night.
"Now that your concert tour will come to a complete stop, I hope you can get some help. Good luck," one fan wrote back.