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US folk singer Michelle Shocked responds to backlash after anti-gay rant

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  1. Pfft, sounds like some serious back peddling.

  2. Staircase2 21 Mar 2013, 1:19am

    …well that learns THAT up then…
    …not…

    She was right bout not expressing herself wasn’t she…

  3. The audio is here: https://soundcloud.com/therealtofuandwhiskey/michelle-shocked-2nd-yoshis

    She said all those things and more! She is guilty as charged. Listen for yourself, her denials are nothing but self-serving lies.

  4. She is a disgusting liar and since when does a f*cking comedian blame their audience for not finding them funny? I hope her career is finished.

  5. To apologize is so easy and to say that you were misinterpreted…Bullshit!!

  6. Her response really makes no sense. I honestly think she is mentally ill.

  7. johnny33308 21 Mar 2013, 4:37am

    She spoke ‘her’ truth and now she is finished, and rightly so.

  8. Who ? Im i right. lol

  9. *stifles yawn*

  10. I’ve just listened to the clip. What a completely bizarre performance and what a preposterous attempt to explain it. Maybe she’d taken something that didn’t agree with her. Who knows? Surely early retirement beckons.

  11. Jacob Dugan-Brause 21 Mar 2013, 7:46am

    Been checking up her press history. She’s made other comments about LGBT people that ground this religious animus.

    Yes, she may have mental health difficulties, but look, she is a self-proclaimed ‘born-again’ Christian. What she believes was stated plainly in San Francisco.

    I’m sorry she may likely have to perform to reactionary audiences now. Still, I wish her well on her journey toward finding love for us within her closed concept of faith.

  12. Not sure who she is but she sounds very confused. So, she had a ani-gay rant but that was just somebody else’s opinions, not hers, but being gay is like beating your boyfriend? She’s confused? I’m confused!

  13. Liar and a bigot, she clearly said it was her view as well.

  14. Oh dear, someone is trying to dig themselves out of the very deep hole that they them-self has created.

    It will be too little too late Ms Shocked, you’ve made your bed, now you have to lie in int!

  15. Amazing what all those cancellations and loss of income can do, innit?

  16. Listening to it , it sounds like she was definitely saying what she she feels. I can’t see how anyone could claim she was misunderstood.maybe god will buy her records now. I certainly won’t.

  17. Insane to find this kind of hate within Folk music. Apparantly she used think the exact opposite…what a brainwashed u-turn. And what a complete idiot to say these kind of things to a crowd in California that rightly tore her to shreds for it!

  18. If she was attempting to be satirical it came off somewhere between Poe’s law [the law which says that satires on fundamentalist religion are frequently so close to the reality that an audience can’t tell them apart] and an onstage meltdown.
    I hope for her sake the apology is sincere, but judging by some of her previous interviews I think these come across as the garbled opinions of someone in the throws of a breakdown who found god.
    She needs to consult a mental health professional who doesn’t wear a dogcollar, or in the words of her closing number, her audience should see other people.

  19. Soundcloud linked by K Foster for those who can’t play it: (from 4:45) – “I was in a prayer meeting yesterday and you’ve got to appreciate how scared, how scared, folks on that side of the equation are. I mean, from their vantage point – and I really shouldn’t say their because it’s mine too – we’re nearly at the end of time. And from our vantage point, we’re gonna be I think maybe chinese water torture is going to be the means, the method. Once Prop 8 gets instated, and once preachers are held at gunpoint and forced to marry the homosexuals, I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for Jesus to come back. You said you wanted reality.” And this point she laughs (??) and says “If someone would be so gracious as to please tweet out – Michelle Shocked just said from stage says god hates faggots…would you do it now?” Someone in the audience says “There’ll be a lot of talking about that” She answers “I ain’t scared. This is not a tribunal, this is one woman’s opinion.”

  20. She was probably pissed when she found out her ‘boyfriend’ was gay.

  21. another vile excuse for a human being hiding her hatred behind an out dated superstition – born again my fat hairy ass – the bitch is just realising how damned her so called career is Ha ha ha

  22. SELF Loathing Lesbian – hiding behind a crumbling superstition – Born into the Mormon branch of unevolved humans and has grown-up to become a Moron

  23. Christopher in Canada 21 Mar 2013, 12:03pm

    What would Donna Summer say?

    (And I truly LOVE me some Donna Summer!)

    1. Donna Summer was my first thought when I heard about this too. Way to alienate your loyal fanbase after ‘finding God’ –
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/shortcuts/2013/mar/19/popandrock-indie

  24. Wow so EVERY person who walked out of her concert got it wrong?….Some how I think not!!! Shut up you stupid woman and crawl back under that stone you came from!

  25. Julian Morrison 21 Mar 2013, 2:46pm

    Why would she do it? Why then, and to that audience? She’s not a mega-church pastor, she stands to lose her career and gain nothing. This is not the usual behavior of bigots, they hang out together and preach to the choir.

    That’s why I read this as a mental breakdown, and as a problem for therapy, not condemnation.

    1. I’m sorry, but to infer bigotry is a symptom of a mental health problem – or to correlate mental illness with hate speech this way – is very much unfair. A lot of people have breakdowns, they don’t turn into screaming homophobes.

      It may be that it is releasing some degree of inhibition – but that just means she is revealing thoughts that are already present. I don’t know you can claim a breakdown is a source cause.

  26. i heard the audio…she definitely is now trying to whitewash her remarks. playing both sides of the fence

  27. moon batchelder 21 Mar 2013, 3:36pm

    heard audio of the rant…she’s definitely trying to whitewash her remarks…by playing both sides of the fence she proves herself worthless to folk on both…what a cowardly person…if i were the god she claims, i’d reject her in much the same way that i do as a queer person

  28. A U-turn if ever I heard one. No dear, you’re a bigot and have destroyed your career.

  29. Backpedalling – now an olympic sport

  30. Oh dear, sounds as if someone (perhaps her manager?) has had a word in Michelle’s ear and told her she better back track if she wants to maintains what remains of her musical career.

  31. I feel sorry for people who obviously have mental health issues, so I feel sorry for her. I hope she gets some help, rather than going to any more prayer meetings.

  32. Okay, having heard her hate speech for myself, she’s obviously another religiously bigoted freak. She can claim it’s other peoples opinions, but she states in the audio “this is one woman’s opinion”! lol

    She wasn’t quoting anyone, she wasn’t saying what other people think, she was being a homophobic bigot bashing people with her religion, and now her career has ended she’s trying to back peddle as fast as she can.

    If anyone has any doubts about this, they just need to listen to the audio and the people who have commented on it.

    This was hate speech, her opinion, and I’m glad all the venues have told her to **** off.

    No, if only the same can be done agains No Doubt and Gwen Stefani, who claims to be supportive of gay rights on one hand, while working with violent homophobes on every single album!

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