Singer Who Everyone Thought Was a Lesbian Spews Anti-Gay Hate at Concert

Michelle Shocked left a San Francisco audience, well, shocked with a rant against Proposition 8.

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Happier times: Michelle Shocked performs on stage during the first day of New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival on May 5, 2011 in New Orleans.

There’s never a good time or place to go on an anti-gay tirade, but onstage at a club in San Francisco owned by a gay man, in front of many gay fans, is probably near the bottom of the list.

Michelle Shocked, a singer-songwriter whose sexuality was once fairly ambiguous, stunned fans Sunday night at Yoshi’s Jazz Club with a homophobic rant, according to USA Today. The 51-year-old singer reportedly said that if California’s Proposition 8, which effectively bans gay marriage, is overturned, “it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back.”

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As her rant went on, fans left the show en masse. Yahoo Music reports that Yoshi’s sound operator, a gay man, finally pulled the plug and asked Shocked to leave the stage, though she managed to shout “You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates f–s!’” to what remained of the confused audience before departing.

Several venues across the country, from Evanston, Ill. to Boulder, Colo., have canceled upcoming performances.

The fact that Shocked was widely believed to be gay makes the whole thing no less, well, shocking. In a 1990 interview with the now-defunct Chicago gay dispatch Outlines, she talked about the fluidity of her sexuality, waxing nostalgic about her first sexual experience with a woman.

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But Shocked became a born again Christian and joined the West Angeles Church of Christ choir in the 1990s; in 2008, she told gay newspaper the Dallas Voice that she considers homosexuality a sin.

“There are some inconvenient truths that I’m now a born again, sanctified, saved-in-the-blood Christian,” she told the Voice. “So much of what’s said and done in the name of that Christianity is appalling. According to my Bible, which I didn’t write, homosexuality is immoral. But homosexuality is no more less a sin than fornication. And I’m a fornicator with a capital F.”

Update: Shocked has issued a statement saying she is “damn sorry” for her comments, Spin reports. Unfortunately, her apology is just as confusing as the initial rant.

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293 comments
Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

wonder where born versus learned applies to bisexual behavior....


I'll admit that when I was engaged to a woman we had a threesome and I did both sides just fine to the unease of the party the next morning.

I'f they are good looking enough i could do either sex.... but I generally prefer some boobs on my partner.

grilledcheesuslol
grilledcheesuslol

S E P A R A T I O N O F C H U R C H A N D S T A T E. people. really, it's not that hard of a concept. christians make the awful mistake of ASSUMING that everyone shares their beliefs - fortunately, some people do have brains and therefore do not fall beneath the ridiculous religion umbrella. and speaking of being smart - i have made the most interesting conclusion after reading so many comment sections regarding articles with any mentioning of homosexual ongoings -

does anyone else notice how much more educated the more supportive, perhaps even actually homosexual, communities are? the people that stand up for EQUAL rights without spouting their religious NONSENSE - are entirely more credible in every way. so many less grammatical errors, so many more logical arguments and such a great overall spread of diction and intellect. SMART people! imagine that! the intelligent minds have sense enough to know how ridiculous of an idea christianity is, meanwhile the blabbering and stumblin' bumblin' bigots can barely string a sentence together if not for citing irrelevant passages from a text that is completely obsolete to this day in age. just an observation that i've made, literally over YEARS of reading comments like these.


and lastly, if your faith is such proof that a god of any kind exists and you talk to him on the reg, tell him to text me. i need to exchange a few words with this invisible spirit of the skies that has brainwashed poor people everywhere, but especially in america. southern states in america are populated by christian zombies. get a mind of your own folks, THINK. take a moment of your time to just think about how silly ideas of creationism and uniform religion is. 

JohnTlag
JohnTlag

Why do these entertainer types think anyone wants to hear what they think? If I pay to see them sing or act, that's ALL I want them to do.

BJThomasJr.
BJThomasJr.

Homophobia does not exist. It is a myth created by the political Left in an attempt to foist the gay agenda onto the rest of our society.

ShoeChew
ShoeChew

Nasty coprophiles.  Poop isn't sexy, regardless of what TIME says.

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

All I hear is people saying, Jesus did this, or Jesus said that. The Jesus I know says, "We going bowling or what?"


Religion is just another excuse for killing a whole lot of people, and after, go home and sleep like a lamb or with 30 virgins.

Kurlis
Kurlis

According to Time Magazine, any criticism, no matter how mild, of homosexuality - or any advocacy on behalf of Christian ideals - is "hate".

Time Magazine holds a pervasive anti-Christian bigotry.

SantiagoMatamoros
SantiagoMatamoros

God doesn't hate "fags" any more than he hates the rest of us sinners; Christ died for all.

However, God does hate sin, and it should not be a crime to state that.

Sodomy is not "love." Allowing others to indulge is unnatural, unhealthy, and destructive obsessions is not "respect."

SteveSolomon
SteveSolomon

There's NO nastier human being on the planet, than someone who has FOUND religion.

phoenician
phoenician

Did I miss something in catechism class?  I though the whole point was welcoming the second coming.

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

Ahhhh religion....


Nothing like the "Born Again" to show us what real hate looks like along with an inability to grasp science. (though if your creed can grasp evolution and such more power to ya)

WebAntOnYT
WebAntOnYT

Shocked needs to leave that crack pipe alone.

Andthetruthis....
Andthetruthis....

To all those who say God loves people who are gay. Yes, He does love everyone, but He hates sin-bottom line.

twominutes
twominutes

How about homophobiaphobia?

Homestuckphobia?


SharonHunt
SharonHunt

@Kurlis did you read what she said? Why is Time magazine anti-Christian, because it talks about issues you don't like?

JackSprat
JackSprat

The Song of Songs is about gay love. Now go read your Bible.

thelyamhound
thelyamhound

@SantiagoMatamoros 

I agree it shouldn't be a crime to state that, in your view, Christ died for us all, God hates sin, sodomy is not love, and so on.  Nor should it be a crime to point out that these are simply views, bolstered only by subjective and/or anecdotal evidence, without any recourse to empirical demonstration.  

Being well acquainted with any of a number of homosexual couples, I can tell you that what they share is "love" as surely as is what my wife and I share.

NickOefinger
NickOefinger

@SantiagoMatamoros Neither is vaginal penetration in and of itself "love," and if you believe otherwise, you've got a long list of rape victims to try and explain your views to... given that you apparently believe other individuals to be responsible for justifying their personal preferences to you. Unless you think you're Christ Himself, I assume that works both ways, and you are equally answerable to them for your own deviancy. Love is an intimate spiritual connection between two people, something which, if you believe in an all-powerful God with a plan covering every last footstep, insect, and blade of grass, you cannot decry as being somehow unintended by Him. Christians don't have such a fantastic record with straight marriage that I'm going to concede some deep and abiding expertise on love to them by merit of the simple fact that they are Christian.

Simply put, you do not know the mind of God, or what He thinks about anything. You don't. I'm sorry, but there's nowhere in the Bible that gives you permission to stand in judgment over your fellow man, however you choose to couch your words to make it seem as though that's not what you're doing (there is, however, Biblical text to the effect of "DON'T stand in judgment over your fellow man"). You owe your neighbors love and compassion, not "tough love" and personal prejudice. One of these days, you should pick up the Bible and read the whole thing... not the parts that stand in support of your existing, wholly non-religious personal viewpoints.

NickOefinger
NickOefinger

@hellolovetoall Except that it's been repeatedly proven to not work that way. So, other than the fact that it's scientifically impossible (although perfectly possible for someone riddled with externally imposed guilt to decry their own personal preferences, as the large number of anti-homosexual public figures to have been caught in homosexual acts would seem to attest) you've got a great operating theory there.

JeffHarris
JeffHarris

That's hilarious.  Most of us see the exact opposite.  Those that embrace religion and live by its precepts understand why people sin and do not fill their lives on demanding other people change.

That cannot be said of those that celebrate homosexuality.  They demand that we give them our approval and they are going to use the club of the government to do it.

Of all the talking heads on TV, the more angry are certainly those that are anti-religion.

SantiagoMatamoros
SantiagoMatamoros

@SteveSolomon That depends on the religion, doesn't it?

Anyway, those who have a raging hatred of God in defense of sodomy can be pretty hateful, too.

hellolovetoall
hellolovetoall

science? Lol... please let me know when they find the gay gene

JerryDavis
JerryDavis

If homosexuality is so natural and normal why doesn't nature honor it with the ability to reproduce?

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

By the way


If  God wrote the Bible it would seem that God is a hypocritical madman writing down random crap about smiting people in the Old Testament and after he gets Prozac he chills out and impregnates a married man's wife for the purpose of his son being nailed to a stick.


Gotta say the Buddhists make more sense than that driven.

OhMyDog
OhMyDog

I think He had something to say about people who pass judgement on other people as well. Not to mention rich people...which, based on your profile picture, you'd likely qualify.

rpratt039
rpratt039

@Andthetruthis.... I'm certain that the God of the book also dislikes people who go around spreading hatred.  There's a world of difference between proselytising the loving God of the New Testament and the fire and brimstone you like to spread around.

I'm in no danger of suffering because of it, but I also hear that God takes a dim view of those who think they can interpret his will, or claim to speak on his behalf.

Kurlis
Kurlis

@SharonHunt @Kurlis No, because it can only characterize criticism of homosexuality as "hate".   The inference is that ANY criticism, no matter how mild or well-intentioned, is illegitimate and even dangerous.   Reasonable people can differ on this, a very contentious issue.  

JeffHarris
JeffHarris

@NickOefinger

"nowhere in the Bible that gives you permission to stand in judgement over your fellow man"  FAIL - it actually does

God does NOT hate homosexuals as Santiago correctly stated.  He hates sin.  Whether it be homosexuality or straight fornication or adultery.

It's sad that the artist lost her wits and went out on this rant and clouded her hate of the sin with the sinners themselves.  That isn't what Christ taught. 

More importantly, what other posters have said is true.  If your speech doesn't embrace homosexuality, then somehow that is equated as hate, which is exactly why people lose their cool like this.  Nothing I've said is hate.

ZombieGirraffe
ZombieGirraffe

@JeffHarris No one is asking for your approval, and no one is asking you to change.  Homosexuals are asking for equal rights, and the only organization capable of providing equal rights in this country is the government.

I suppose you would have seen the women's suffrage movement as uppity females demanding your approval and using the cudgel of government to do it.

Or minorities in the 60's as demanding your approval and using the club of government to get their Civil Rights.

Guess what, they didn't care about your approval either, they just wanted to be treated as equals under the law.

When a group exists that causes no harm to themselves or others, and you refuse to give them equal rights, YOU ARE AN OPPRESSOR.  You are not "defending your right to disapprove of them", you are actively denying other people rights, and have no business pretending that their mere existence is an affront to your own rights.

SteveSolomon
SteveSolomon

@SantiagoMatamoros @SteveSolomon  

Depends on the religion?

Not really.

Both Islam and Christianity were spread by the sword in their respective regions.

You really don't believe that the native populations of Central and South America, openly declared Jesus as Savior and Lord, without a knife at their throats do you?

Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

@hellolovetoall 


It could be two genes or 12 genes or even junk DNA gone wrong but  WE DO KNOW that "Faith Based Therapy  to Gays have killed more than they have helped...


Besides you invoke magic to explain Great Floods and to Deny Evolution.... Science is poison to you.

thelyamhound
thelyamhound

@JerryDavis 

On what basis should we assume that generating progeny is an objective positive in and of itself?

ZombieGirraffe
ZombieGirraffe

@JerryDavis Why aren't humans honored with the ability to reproduce asexually like so many other plants and animals on this planet?

Earthworms are hermaphorditic, they can reproduce sexually OR asexually.  Does that mean nature has honored earthwormes more than humans? 

That's got to be one of the dumbest attempts to cloud an issue I've ever heard.

Kurlis
Kurlis

@Hadrewsky Everyone knows homosexuality is a learned behavior.  It is a choice.

truckinisus
truckinisus

@OhMyDog Wrong again. HE said "Judge not lest you be judged in the same manner you are judging" In other words, you cannot go around judging sexuall impurity in any fashion an you yourself are sexually impure. He never said you couldnt judge. He did say we couldnt judge the wicket for they are already judged you can judge you bothern in the Lord. The Bible is a personal book that can only be understood thru the Holy Sprit, which means Jesus is your God. You dont understand God and his word cause your dont have the Holy Spirits insight.

Andthetruthis....
Andthetruthis....

@rpratt039@Andthetruthis....You have the wrong understanding of God and how He functions. God hates sin and that is clearly spoken in the Bible. He does not hate people. Isaiah 55:8-God says "my ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts." God does not think like man does, nor does He act like man acts. 

John 13:34-35

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

This is what God wants to happen, but people tend to think that telling someone else they are doing wrong is not showing love. If God hates sin and homosexuality, murder, etc. is considered to be sin in God's sight, then someone telling another person it is wrong is really an act of love. There is a reason people die and it is because everything is temporary. Jesus is coming back and there will be a day of judgment of sins. This is the entire reason we have that book that gives us Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Yes, mankind does allow their flesh to interfere with God's extension of love to others, but not in all cases. The same book that tells us to love one another also tells us the consequences of sin. It also says in the end times, 2 Timothy 4:3-"For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." 

This is exactly what is happening now: John 3:19-20- This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

thelyamhound
thelyamhound

@JeffHarris 

I think I'm fine "conceding" that what you say isn't hate, exactly; what it strikes me as is prejudice unbolstered by anything resembling a supporting argument with any recourse to empirical evidence.  You may argue from belief all you like, but as a pantheist and a Nichiren Buddhist, and with both of us presumably being citizens of what is, after all, a country in which religious pluralism is actually guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, I am not beholden to your metaphysical assertions.  Since I don't believe your [G/g]od(s) exist, what the mythopoetic texts to which you refer say about his/her/its/their will is irrelevant.

thelyamhound
thelyamhound

@Kurlis @Hadrewsky 

Do you also see left-handedness as a learned behavior?

I don't see how whom one comes to love is not a choice.  I certainly didn't choose to love my wife; I only chose how I would behave in light of that.  

Likewise, you can certainly argue that one "chooses" to engage in homosexual activity, rather like the use of the left hand to perform dextrous tasks usually undertaken with the right hand is chosen.  But just as one does not choose the greater dexterity in one limb than the other, one does not choose the attraction to or romantic/erotic love one feels for individuals of one's own sex, or the frequent lack of attraction or romantic impulsion towards individuals of the opposite sex.  

The choice, then, for the homosexual is either celibacy or romantic engagement with someone whom he or she is incapable of loving romantically.  Not the sort of future I'd wish on anyone.

ZombieGirraffe
ZombieGirraffe

@Kurlis @Hadrewsky If you think homosexuality is a choice or a learned behavior, you're probably bisexual.  I fully support homosexual rights, but the idea of having sex with another man grosses me out.  There's no way I could just choose to be gay, and no amount of instruction in "gay class" or wherever you imagine that people are taught to be gay, could convince me otherwise.

jen2737
jen2737

@Andthetruthis.... @rpratt039   Jail house religion and hospital religion are the same. When you're down, you beg to get back up... pray for health, pray for freedom. When you're well or freed, it all goes away. If you want to live by the old testament, you need to clean out all that polyester crap from your closet, and stop eating shrimp.(Deuteronomy) Oh, and you can kill your wife if she cheats and it's OK to have sex with your dad if it's the only way for him to have a male heir. (Lot and his daughters). Religion is for those who have to be told what is good and what is bad. Those with a natural morality to be good to their fellow man, don't need a set of archaic rules.