Michelle Shocked says gay marriage will cause end of world (audio)

Michelle Shocked, now there’s an apt name.

I had heard about the controversy over singer Michelle Shocked’s comments at a recent concert in San Francisco, no less, but I kind of wanted to hear her comments, for, real before deciding. Especially when I saw her apology earlier today, which she claimed she’s not anti-gay, and her comments were misunderstood, she was referring to how others think:

And to those fans who are disappointed by what they’ve heard or think I said, I’m very sorry: I don’t always express myself as clearly as I should. But don’t believe everything you read on facebook or twitter. My view of homosexualtiy has changed not one iota. I judge not. And my statement equating repeal of Prop 8 with the coming of the End Times was neither literal nor ironic: it was a description of how some folks – not me – feel about gay marriage.

Well, I just listened to the audio (below), and Michelle Shocked’s apology is slightly off-kilter. She didn’t sound like she was speaking on behalf of others. She seemed to clearly be saying what she thinks. The audience was ticked, and she certainly didn’t try to explain what she meant – she didn’t explain that she was simply quoting religious right crazies. It was pretty clear that these were her own views.

Transcript of Michelle Shocked’s anti-gay comments

John Becker took the time to write out some of the transcript of her comments:

Michelle Shocked: So it’s not too late. You can jump into this Jesus gang anytime you want. But, um, I was in a prayer meeting yesterday, and you’ve gotta 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 are nearly at the end of time. And from our vantage point, we’re gonna be, uhhh, I think maybe Chinese water torture is gonna be the means, the method — once Prop 8 gets, uh, instated, and once, um, 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 on back….

michelle-shockedFolks wonder about my sexuality, but denying being gay is like saying I never beat my husband. My sexuality is not at issue. What is being questioned is my support for the LGBT community, and that has never wavered. Music and activism have always been part of my work and my journey, which I hope and intend to continue. I’d like to say this was a publicity stunt, but I’m really not that clever, and I’m definitely not that cynical.

But I am damn sorry. If I could repeat the evening, I would make a clearer distinction between a set of beliefs I abhor, and my human sympathy for the folks who hold them. I say this not because I want to look better. I have no wish to hide my faults, and  – clearly – I couldn’t if I tried.

Hmm. Hard to tell what part of that was misunderstood.

Listen for yourself. The relevant parts are at 4:37 and 7:40. Though there are other. I do think that her comment about someone tweeting, was meant to be ironic – she was saying “now people are going to misunderstand me.” So I can accept that that line isn’t fairly ascribed to her. But the rest of what Michelle Shocked said, yeah – they’re her words.

It’s a bit weird.  Because her apology was so, seemingly, from the heart – it really is an awfully good apology.  Is it possible she had no idea what she was saying that evening?  Perhaps not quite herself, due to a little booze or something else? It’s hard to reconcile that rather sincere apology with what she said.

Audio of Michelle Shocked’s show


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  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harken Jennifer Jacobs Harken

    Here’s the lesson. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

  • Butch1

    Her type of hatred should be against the law. She promotes hate and stirs others to violence against us.

  • vamanos

    Thanks for this Tony. I’m amazed at how little empathy there is for the mentally ill among my fellow progressives. If you look at her career, she has spent at least as much time supporting the LGBT community as she has ranted against it. I too believe it’s the illness talking.

  • Christian

    Exactly Julien… Thank you. Who the hell is she, and why would we care?

  • vamanos

    Michelle has struggled with mental health issues for many years. Most who have followed her know that she’s been a little “unstable” from the start. That said, I see her regrettable outburst as a cry for help. Good luck to her in getting the help she needs in a country with so little empathy and even less mental health care services. Very sad all around.

  • JamesR

    I suppose if you go far enough with it starts to work for you. ? For some, at least one.

    Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and shoot your friends in the face and make them publicly apologize to you! [That’s EPIC]

    Go all the way, just not to VietNam. Crazy like a fox with the ethical centers of his brain burnt out.

    Poor Michelle will simply be known as a sick artist exuding random hate, Cheney got to destroy several countries. Location Location Location.

  • JamesR

    Thanks FLL. Her screed just brought me painful recognition of shit I’ve had to deal with (from others, LOL) my pithometer was set high.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Indications are looking more and more like it’s untreated mental illness. Here’s an account from Nichole Sandler and her attempt to do an online broadcast interview.

    http://radioornot.com/blog/truth-vs-reality/#more-6290

    From the exchange, it’s clear to me anyway this is someone in need of mental health treatment. Paranoid, uncooperative, trying to create a wall between herself and reality through Twitter and one-way communication, and most of all apparently not comprehending that she just seriously wounded her career.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.tyner1 Tony Tyner

    Yes. Because I know this woman is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and logic and reason do not work during a disconnect. I grew up with a mother with PS and Michelle Shocked’s ramblings bring me back to that sick pit in my stomach. What she said was horrific but I sure it’s her illness talking. I hope she gets help.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    What if she said God hates Jews and condemns them to hell. Would that engender sympathy?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Not necessary, I’ve met more than my fair share of homophobic bigots and their apologists.

  • Buford

    Again, get educated.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Seems the wrong people are famous these days.” That is a great line!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    :-)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Shock could probably get future gigs at Vatican parties.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Well ms. bad attitude has come to the end of her time—-big time loser.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Nobody ever hear of her except her fan-boi followers like you.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    So true. We gave as good as we got and won.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    :-)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    We are totally awesome. Just ask Anita Bryant.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Does a forked tongue count as tongues?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “something perceived as hateful..” It was hateful bigotry. “Ironic to the point of hypocrisy—-“absolutely wonderful Bu’ie. The point is entirely on the top of your troll head—-that’s karma for ya. But, we loves ya, even though we don’t love your trolling—-now that’s true irony.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I’ve got a scoop for ya: Buford sounds like a cow’s name.

  • Buford

    She said some dumb things… she apologized and then offered an apology and an explanation. For me, that’s good enough, at least until she actually DOES something hateful as opposed to simply saying something dumb.

    Otherwise, I find is ironic how much hate is being directed at her because she said something perceived as hateful… especially from someone with ‘karma’ in their name. The people here hate her for being hateful… that’s ironic to the point of hypocrisy.

  • Buford

    You seemed to think that was ‘BTW-worthy’… got any other ‘scoops’ about Elton John or Axl Rose and their real names?

  • FLL

    +1, LOL.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “What happens when a schizophrenic can’t pass anymore?” They become Dick Cheney.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Three steps behind and a day late Buford—-as usual.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Oh for Christ’s sake….she struggling? Doesn’t hate anyone? Mocking the radical element of her faith? What turnip truck did you just fall out of?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “I’m still struck by how sincere her apology sounds.” That’s because you’ve got a generous heart…..But, believe me she’s a vampire hag….run! run!

  • Ninong

    Yeah, except you have a typo, it’s redux. Redoux is French for thaw.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    To be fair…..No I don’t think so. This is just another hate the sin, love the sinner bullshit with which Christian bigots justify their hate and fear.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Michelle ‘was.’

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    She was raised Mormon—that explains a lot.

  • Ninong

    She used to be a Mormon but she became a Fundamentalist Christian in 1990. When she started her rant at Yoshi’s just after her first set she told the audience that she didn’t know how her comments would be received in San Francisco but she felt she had an obligation to speak out, especially since it was San Francisco.

    Quoting from the Old Testament in Spanish (WTF), she told them they were all going to hell and that if Prop. 8 is “installed,” that would mean priests and ministers “would be forced at the point of a gun” to marry “HO-MO-SEX-U-ALS.” She prounced each syllable separately and very loudly for emphasis. She obviously enjoyed telling all those lesbians in her audience that they were going straight to hell for their wicked ways.

    She was no doubt shocked when the rapture claimed all of her remaining tour stops.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Anita redoux

  • ComradeRutherford

    When did she become a far-right mindless ‘christian’?

    “…from their vantage point — and I really shouldn’t say ‘their,’ because it’s mine, too — we are nearly at the end of time.”

    “once, um, 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 on back….”

    What?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Well, duh.

  • samizdat

    Sad, really. I still enjoy her “Arkansas Traveler” album (‘Come a Long Way’ is one of my favorite songs), and “Short Sharp Shocked”. But this will certainly make it difficult to listen to them without thinking of this anti-gay screed of hers. What’s strange, if one listens to her albums, is that she seemed to be an individual who appeared in sync with many of the thoughts and deeds of progressives. “Graffiti Limbo” is about a kid who got beat up by NYC transit cops, FFS. But, people do change, though I think I may have to camp out in the group who suggest that her mental health issues, along with the confusion of being first Mormon, and then “born-again”, may be leading her to a real breakdown. Unfortunately, as most of these fundie religionists are part of insular societies, it’s not likely that she’ll get the help that she truly needs.

    It’s a damn shame, too, as she’s really a talented singer/songwriter.

  • Ninong

    Except for the fact that she believes in her heart that all gays and lesbians are going straight to hell and that “homosexual marriage” will cause the end of the world! And she believes in her heart that it is her duty to get up on stage and tell all those sinful “homo-sex-u-als” exactly what she thinks of them. It wasn’t a misunderstange at all. The only misunderstanding was on her part when she believed the majority of her fans would accept her bullshit instead of rejecting her and all that she stands for.
    I believe Michelle Shocked when she says, “You’re looking at the world’s greatest homophobe.”

  • Kim T.

    The late Rosemary Clooney had a mental breakdown during a concert in 1968 and raged incoherently at her audience before storming off the stage. It took her years to come back from that. And lots of therapy. In Shock’s case, it feels like Internalized homophobia taken to a near psychotic level. Poisoned by religion and who knows what else, I don’t think she knows WHO the hell she is. Although you’d think by the age of 51 she’d have a clue.

  • PeteWa

    I already know all about her, Buford. I know that the only money she makes is from playing shows.

  • Island In The Sky

    Her rambling / singing on after club mgmt pulled the plug on her pretty much indicates what a whack job she is. Too stupid to know she’s committing career suicide? Maybe all of these cancellations for her upcoming shows is the wake up call she needs.

  • Buford

    Religion actually has no impact on whether or not two people can get married. Marriage is a cicil institution… all you need is a courthouse and the appropriate paperwork, where legal. If some nut in a rope refused to perform the ceremony, it means nothing… the courthouse would still do the deed for a fee.

  • Buford

    You realize that her ‘stage name’ has been Michelle Shocked for 30 years, right…?

  • Buford

    Get educated. Just because you never heard of her before this brouhaha doesn’t mean she was ‘a nobody’. She’s successful despite her punk/independent stance against the music biz… and she’s extremely talented.

  • Buford

    Others have pointed out (and I agree) that she seems conflicted between her personal non-hatred and the views espoused by the faith she decided to follow. I actually believe her apology… I think she’s struggling and expressed it poorly, but that she genuinely doesn’t hate anyone and that she was simply mocking the radical element of her faith who think that gaiety is going to bring about the end times.

  • Buford

    You are way off-base if you think that commercial success is what motivates her. At least read the wiki on her… she has always been adamantly independent and leery of the ‘business’ side of music.

  • Buford

    To be fair, she has issued an open letter which says this was a misunderstanding… and in it she disavows hate against any group.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/tessastuart/michelle-shocked-responds-to-anti-gay-rant-reports

  • dcinsider

    Look, when this “apology” fails, and it will, she will go on the Christian circuit where she will repeat what she said here for her new audience. John, don’t buy her BS.

  • Sweetie

    I’m shocked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lawrence-Frank/1106104408 Lawrence Frank

    It’s all about the money now. Her upcoming show in my home town of Evanston, IL (a very liberal town just north of Chicago) was cancelled. The Chicago Tribune reported than many other shows have been cancelled. She’s just looking at her revenues plummeting and thinks playing nice will change things. If she wants to spew hate she’ll need to limit her performances to church basements and fundie conventions.

  • FLL

    “What happens when a schizophrenic can’t pass anymore? This.”

    Epic.

  • A W

    You dont ever grow out of “the schizophrenia thing” and even with excellent, top tier mental health care and medication, the hallucinations and delusions are always still there. I urge you and everyone else to read

    The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks

    http://www.amazon.com/Center-Cannot-Hold-Journey-Through/dp/1401309445/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363870075&sr=1-1&keywords=the+center+cannot+hold

  • MoonDragon

    She demonstrates her ignorance of so much. Priests can, and do, refuse to marry people who don’t share basic tenets of the faith. A priest told a friend of mine to find another clergyman to marry her because she told him, during pre-Caanan education, that she didn’t believe it necessary to attend mass every Sunday.

  • sane37

    It’s amazing how people write of god like its real.

  • kingstonbears

    Sorry, just who the hell is she? Never heard of her. Oh well, another 15 minutes of fame.

  • JamesR

    She’s insane. Paranoid, deluded, probably schizophrenic. Literally. This is what they do, this is what they sound like. I am not wasting any energy getting offended when odds are it’s illness – real clinical illness – speaking loud and clear, in all it’s batshit unclear way. At least she’s not violent. On the other hand if she were she might be rounded up and treated, or not.

    Her career has had it’s pioneering aspects, notably successfully suing her record company for release of contract using the 13th Amendment – that’s insane in and of itself, and because it’s metaphorically insane it’s interesting.

    But that’s over. What happens when a schizophrenic can’t pass anymore? This.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    “…some kind of mental health issues…”

    Most of us just refer to ‘em as the religious right and let it go at that!

  • Skeptical Cicada

    I hope GLAAD doesn’t do that again. I’m so tired of that “meet with some gays and get GLAAD-cleansed” thing. It’s almost like money-laundering or something.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    I was wondering whether it was really Spanish or was speaking in tongues myself!

  • Skeptical Cicada

    LOL. Well, she had that one song in 1987. :)

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I don’t think it matters how “sincere” her apology sounds. She says that her support for the LGBT community hasn’t wavered but notice what she doesn’t say in either of her sincere apologies — she doesn’t say “I support gay marriage.” She says she’s just being understanding, and trying to find common ground with people with other beliefs, and that she made a clumsy attempt at being provocative. But if she really supported the people she claims to support, her response would have been easy: “I don’t agree with Prop 8 but tried to have compassion for those who feel differently.” Instead she just danced around the topic without stating her own actual beliefs. Her statements are full of nothing but weasel words. She’s done.

  • FunMe

    She’s divorced because she is a lesbian!
    She only married for 12 years … because she is a lesbian!

    I was about to buy her album for the first time, but I won’t ever!
    ;-)

  • Ninong

    Who’s sorry now? Who’s sad and blue? Who’s cryin’ too?

    Whose remaining tour stops were just raptured?

  • FunMe

    GLAAD or some other gay organization will provide “cover” for her. So lame!
    Meanwhile, I am not ever buying any of her records again. And I’m throwing the ones I have. Oh wait! I didn’t even know who she was before her mental breakdown. Be gone now michelle!

  • FunMe

    You are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too kind.

  • FunMe

    The “I’m sorry you were offended” apology. NEXT!

  • FunMe

    I’m not buying her records anymore. Oh wait! I never even knew who she was!
    Freaking Publicity Whore! LOL

  • Ninong

    I never heard of her before either but I didn’t read about her here first. She has been front page news on all of the major California papers ever since Sunday night when she went all hate speech on stage in front of a mainly gay audience at Yoshi’s.

    The SF Chronicle, LA Times and SJ Mercury News have been giving this story major mainstream media play since it happened. SF Chronicle had it online first and the others followed Monday morning. Here’s the latest update from SF: http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/garchik/article/Michelle-Shocked-I-m-damn-sorry-4370886.php

  • HKDaniel

    The apology is merely a feeble attempt at damage control.

    During the run up to her pious proclamations she noted that she was nervous as hell and worried about the reaction to what she about to say.

    There’s no ambiguity – she meant what she said, no sarcasm, no ‘others say’, no irony.

    That she simultaneously torpedoed her livlihood is tough shit for her, she knew what she was doing and proceeded to spew her hate. Sure, she probably regrets it, but there’s no denying that she was sincerely speaking about HER OWN views.

    Take that well crafted apology, put it to music and sell it to your new all-homophobe audience.

  • Max_1

    Her homophobia says more about her character than it ever does about any LGBTQ person.

  • PDQ

    Who is this? Never heard of her. Your coverage of a nobody has contributed to her notoriety. Kind of like the Duggar family, but without the eleventy-billion children.

  • http://twitter.com/BrianCBock Brian C. Bock

    I’m surprised how many people hung around and were upset that she was cut off. And I’m surprised how many people applauded her vitriol.

  • FunMe

    Her “issues” have to do with her being involved with religious FANATICS.

    Gosh, I am still so angry at Reagan for allowing the crazies who really need proper care to be around out free when they really do need help. But hey … at least this one had some type of “fame”.

  • FunMe

    TOTALLy agree … she’s a homophobe, not to mention a self-loathing closeted lesbian religious fanatic!

  • FunMe

    If it wasn’t for the gay blogs I follow along with other liberal/progressive blogs, I would NEVER had heard of her. Usually “any good publicity, is good publicity”. Ah no … not this time. :-)

  • pappyvet

    Actually, bad music will lead to the end

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.tyner1 Tony Tyner

    So sorry for the hateful language but If she is ill than she needs help. Her career cannot be saved unless she comes clean about her condition. My mother had PS and the disease was not who she really was.

  • Ninong

    She’s 51 years old. The schizophrenia thing was back when she was a teenager, unless they know something that isn’t public knowledge.

  • Ninong

    She will now go on the road with the Westboro Baptist Church.

  • PeteWa

    “I’m sorry that so many of my shows have been cancelled, since that’s basically my only way of making money. I haven’t sold more than a handful of records in decades, and I am really sorry that I just flushed my only revenue stream down the toilet, playing to hundreds of fans around the country. Ooops.”

    that’s what I got out of it.
    it is notable that she was diagnosed with schizophrenia (after being committed by her mother), but that kind of goes hand in hand with the belief in sky faeries.

  • Ninong

    Listening to the full 23-audio that John linked, plus all the online reports that went up immediately that night, I would say that it was a deliberate act on her part to preach to the HO-MO-SEX-U-ALS that they are all going to hell because it will be the end of the world if Prop. 8 “is installed” (moron doesn’t understand that if it’s installed, she wins).
    No, the quote from Leviticus in Spanish really did it. Why in Spanish? What was that all about?
    She was raised Mormon and then became born-again Christian 22 years ago. She should go on tour with the Westboro Baptist Church. She would fit right in.

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  • Skeptical Cicada

    Once I heard the audio, which she obviously did not know would come out, I found nothing sincere in that statement. She repeatedly said in the tirade that the views were HERS. She thought she’d dissemble in that statement and make everything go away by falsely claiming that she was trying to characterize the views of other people. Then the audio came out.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    I’ve read her full statement and listened to the audio. Her statement was a dissembling effort to falsely deny what she manifestly said. Be gone with her.

  • Ninong

    In June 2011 Michelle Shocked told a member of the audience at a Christian Music festival, “You’re looking at the world’s biggest homophobe!” She told him that after he questioned her sexuality because she sometimes wears her hair cut very short. Now that’s what I call truth in advertising!

    Right after the openly gay manager of Yoshi’s announced that as a gay man he couldn’t let her continue performing and shut her down, she tweeted: “The truth leads to painful confrontation.”

    This is a born-again Christian who was raised Mormon. No wonder she is all screwed up! The only thing she knows for sure is that she’s “the world’s biggest homophobe.”

    She quoted from Leviticus in Spanish! WTF was that all about? Did she think she was performing in Mexico, or even El Paso? She’s a lying Christianist bigot and the world’s biggest homophobe. No wonder she’s divorced. Who would want to stay married to someone like that?

    She told the audience at Yoshi’s that they just “couldn’t handle the truth.” She wouldn’t shut up even after the manager told her she was done.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    I wouldn’t call her statement excellent, given the lying denials and attempt blame others for supposedly distorting what she said. She thought she’d wait to see if audio emerged and then dissemble. Oops, then the audio came out.

  • mark_in_toronto

    Seems the wrong people are famous these days.

    Just because somebody can sing, it doesn’t make them some kind of visionary.
    And when they start with the Jesus coming back crap, that should be your first hint that they’ve checked out of Hotel Reality.

  • Skeptical Cicada

    Her bigotry. Her lying statement. Her career suicide. That is all.

  • Leota2

    I think she’s conflicted. Real conflicted. I also think she is a coward. She knows what she
    said . . . In hindsight she realizes she just may have destroyed what little bit of a career she
    had left. Religious fanaticism mixed with a conflicted reality of her sexuality . . . .Basically she is
    saying, everyone in the room misunderstood or lied on her. Doesn’t fly.

  • Steve_in_CNJ

    A sincere apology would reach out to the people she hurt. Instead she could only manage abstract statements about homosexuality and judgment. She said she was sorry for not expressing herself well, not for the hurt she caused. I don’t think anyone believes her when she says she was role-playing for parody. She had some kind of breakdown and is becoming more incoherent by the day. In time she can learn how to write an apology, but first things first — she needs to get into therapy. There is a back story: http://music.yahoo.com/blogs/stop-the-presses/folk-legend-incites-mass-walkout-anti-gay-speech-195312874.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/randyariddle Randy Riddle

    On the other hand, I’ve seen reports that she’s made similar remarks in Christian music venues before since she became “born again” in the 1990s. One example is noted at Wikipedia:

    “While performing at the Wild Goose Festival in June 2011, a Christian event at which the inclusion of gay Christians was debated, Shocked responded to an audience member’s question about homosexuality by saying “Who drafted me as a gay icon? You are looking at the world’s greatest homophobe. Ask God what He thinks.””

    I could be crass and say she appears to try to appeal to different kinds of audiences and forgot what kind of venue she was playing in. Or perhaps she is trying to be provocative in some kind of way only she understands.

    More likely, it sounds like she has some kind of mental health issues going on.

  • FunMe

    I come from the Assembly of God … same thing. LOL Glad I’m out of there, but also glad that their homophobia wasn’t a yearly thing that was talked about in the pulpit. She did speak Spanish with an accent … so maybe she was speaking in tongues!

    Meanwhile, I love this exchange:
    – Michelle: You don’t speak Spanish.
    – A female: “We Do”
    – A male: “I don’t”
    They are all speaking in tongues! ;-)

    I am still listening to the video, and glad to see some woman challenging her. Even while she sings.

    I have never heard of her. So she apologized? Really? Was it sincere? So I guess it would be safe to say she’ll be doing some GLAAD or another gay organization meetings or something. They all do that. Homophobes and closet cases … it’s becoming a joke.

  • http://voenixrising.com/ Mark Alexander

    Bitch can backpedal all she wants. Her “career”—such that it was—is over.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I trust that audience, the people who were there and who got up and walked out. I also trust the management of Yoshi’s who apologized for Michelle Shocked’s tirade (BTW, that just a stage name, it’s actually Karen Michelle Johnston). From the audio: “If someone would be so gracious as to please tweet out, ‘Michelle Shocked just said from stage, God hates faggots.’ Would you do it now?”

    The people there believed she truly meant what she was saying. Hell, her own words are damning enough, identifying herself as belonging to that Christian prayer group and saying she shares their point of view that legalizing same-sex marriage will “result in priests being forced at gunpoint” to marry gay people and therefore bring on Armageddon.

    Remember Michael Richards? The former Seinfeld-starring comedian who went all racist at a nightclub, which essentially ended his career in show-business? Ms. Johnston just killed her own career in much the same way.

    Unfortunately, in having listened to the audio, it really does sound like she needs some mental health treatment.

    BTW, there’s some good coverage of this over on Queerty.

    http://www.queerty.com/listen-audio-of-michelle-shockeds-anti-gay-rant-emerges-was-she-misinterpreted-20130320/

  • FunMe

    Not to excuse her, but I wonder if she is suffering from some kind of mental illness, like bipolarism or something like that. Then again, she could be suffering from the illness of religious FANATICS trying to get her to hide who she really is (lesbian). In this day and age, there is no excuse for her homophobia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/madbrainDotCom Julien Pierre

    Michelle who ?

  • http://twitter.com/Theo_is_SNAZZ Theo McKinney

    These so called ‘religious’ people who think bullying gays and denigrating our households is some soo rt of “human sacrifice” so “God won’t hate us as much” is a sick distortion that appears in NO ONE’S Bible.

    The horsemen of the apocalypse, interestingly, are depicted as studs waving colored banners as they mke their (our) way down the central boulevards of Armageddon.
    The false pious get trampled (why it SEEMS like *The End of The World*) while defenders of equality, justice and most importantly TRUE experts on “love, no matter what” ride off into the brighter sunset, WITH the rainbow.

    If God was on the side of these illegal “constitutional” marriage bans, surely, the proponents would be WINNING when put under oath to Him.

    Just the opposite keeps happening.

    Doesn’t take a Biblical scholar, folks…

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Something odd seems to be going on, if you compare the excellent apology with what she said.

  • A W

    Well Ive read on a couple other sites that she is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia so maybe that’s it?

  • em

    I’m just glad to know that she was speaking in Spanish and not in “tongues” … I come from an charismatic/fundy background and that part really set off my alarms at first. Whew!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Exactly my take on the audience. I’m still struck by how sincere her apology sounds. Something is amiss here. I wonder if she wasn’t “out of it” that evening or something.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I only cut one paragraph or so about Phelps, which I don';t think she should be blamed for anyway, so not sure it helps her to add the Phelps thing back in. I already linked to the full apology anyway. It’s all pretty weird. Her apology sounds super sincere. But it’s not clear why she didn’t say anything when folks were challenging her, walking out, etc, if she was just joking or whatever.

  • Indigo

    I had no Idea we were that powerful.

  • News Nag

    Her full response to the accusation is included here. You might, in fairness, reproduce it as a post. I could be wrong, but I do think it was interpreted grossly wrongly. Her sarcasm isn’t very clear if you’re not looking for it. Having known her back in ’84, I knew she wasn’t bigoted so therefore looked for the sarcasm and easily spotted it. http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/20/michelle-shocked-speaks-on-anti-gay-rant/

  • em

    I think she may have sounded a little off kilter. A little manic, perhaps. But her apology does not ring true when compared to what was actually articulated by her at the performance. It took a while for it to sink in with the audience. I get the sense that they were trying to understand her, and hoping that she was not actually saying what they were inferring from her statements. Surprise, denial, heartbreak, THEN the anger . Her fans deserve better. If Michelle is suffering from mania or medication reaction, I hope she gets well soon. But my takeaway is that she spoke from her (sadly darkened) heart, either way.

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