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Monday, March 18, 2013

Michelle Shocked Makes Anti-Gay Remarks in San Francisco; Her Portland Show Is Canceled [UPDATED]

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Michelle Shocked's Portland show, scheduled for April 25 at the Alberta Rose Theatre, has been cancelled. This comes after the report that the singer/songwriter made anti-gay remarks during her San Francisco show last night (Shocked really knows her market), as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:
At Yoshi's San Francisco on Sunday night, singer Michelle Shocked pretty much shocked her audience by saying, among other things, "God hates fags and you can tweet that I said so." This came about halfway through the show, in the middle of a rant against gay marriage, tweeted James Patterson, who was at the show. Something like two-thirds of the crowd walked out.
Shocked, who has perhaps identified as gay in the past (source), is allegedly a born-again Christian now and also reportedly said, "I live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry.” Further info about the incident is at the Bay Area Reporter.

Earlier this afternoon, the Alberta Rose Theatre announced the Shocked date was not happening, stating on Facebook: "Michelle Shocked concert on April 25th has been CANCELED! Thank you for your feedback & support." I've asked the Alberta Rose if there is an official statement about the show's cancellation and will update if I hear back.

UPDATE: Statement from Alberta Rose owner Joe Cawley:

We are deeply saddened by today's news regarding Michelle Shocked, but our decision to cancel her show was an easy one to make. We are in the planning stages of turning this unfortunate situation into something useful and positive for our community. Please stay tuned for a special benefit concert for Basic Rights Oregon on April 25th at The Alberta Rose Theatre.

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