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’God Hates Fags’ Singer Michelle Shocked Tells SF Audience

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Mar 18, 2013

Folk singer Michelle Shocked surprised fans in San Francisco on Sunday evening when she stole the Westboro Baptist Church's motto and told her audience, "God hates fags," according to Meow Online.

The website notes that Shocked was playing at a San Francisco club called Yoshi's and launched into an anti-gay rant during her second sent. The singer reportedly said that she lives in fear of same-sex marriage and told her audience, "You can go on Twitter and say 'Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.'"

One of the audience members, Matt Penfiled, took her advice and live tweeted the performance.

"Eerie foreshadowing at Michelle Shocked show," Penfield wrote. "before the show she talked about how 'people seem like your friends then they turn on you.'" He also wrote that her first set was "all cool. 2nd set, she got up went full hate speech."

Another fan tweeted about the event and wrote, "wow, she’s a total bigot and said so on stage. It was unreal. We had to leave. I am so disappointed."

"She said she lives in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry," @anile02, an audience member wrote on Twitter.

Not long after the incident occurred, the singer herself tweeted, "Truth is leading to painful confrontation #shortsharpshocked."

According to the New Civil Rights Movement, audience members were furious over Shocked’s statements and walked out on her set in protest.

After two-thirds of the audience left, the Yoshi staff closed the show down.

"Even more horrified than the audience were Yoshi’s staffers," reported the SFGate website. "The manager, assistant club manager, and sound production engineer who were on duty shut down the show immediately, turning off the lights and cutting off the microphone, said Yoshi’s representative Lisa Bautista. An apology was made and refunds were offered."

The Austin singer-songwriter has been on the alt-folk scene for decades and put out her first record, "The Texas Campfire Tapes," in 1986. According to her biography on All Music Guide, Shocked, 51, moved to San Francisco in the ’80s where she "quickly embraced the city’s punk scene." The site says her debut album has a "postmodern feminist perspective and punk attitude." Her Wikipedia page points out that she attends West Angeles Church of God in Christ, a Pentecostal Christian church in Los Angeles, and that she was arrested in 2011 during an Occupy protest.

As AOL’s music news site Spinner points out, Shocked released her "Threesome" trilogy package in 2005, which features three studio albums, one of which is called "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell."

This isn’t the first time the musician has said that God has issues with gays. In a 2008 interview with the Dallas Voice that was published on this site,) she said: "There are some inconvenient truths that I’m now a born again, sanctified, saved-in-the-blood Christian. So much of what’s said and done in the name of that Christianity is appalling," she says. "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."

She also implied that her candid comments to the Voice came because she didn’t realize the publication is gay.

"I’ve been avoiding interviews with gay press," she says in the piece. "I’m going to kill my publicist."

Watch a clip of Shocked performing "Your God is Real" in 2006 at the West Angeles Church of God below:


  • Bob K, 2013-03-18 18:30:12

    Just another testament to the dangers of being raised in a fundamentalist mormon home

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-03-18 19:42:43

    I used to work with a disabled woman who LOVED Michelle Shocked. I think it made her feel empowered. She loaned me a CD to check her out... didn’t much care for her caterwauling. Pity that I can’t turn my back on her more.

  • SuperDonn93, 2013-03-18 20:46:07

    It’s a shame that people try and use God to justify their hate.

  • , 2013-03-19 03:25:47

    she looks very gay. sounds like self hate.

  • gdhamf, 2013-03-19 04:09:57

    1 Word....CUNT

  • BlondieSL, 2013-03-19 06:56:15

    Wait! What? She said: "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." Did I read that right? She fuks everything in site? So she’s judging Gay people while she is EQUALLY a sinner, as per her own words? More sin on her part. She’s judging and clearly isn’t in a position to. FOR THE RECORD, I do not believe in any god or entity. This god thing is something just made up to control people, as we can clearly see daily. Just sickening how hypocritical all these fakes really can be. :(

  • , 2013-03-19 08:29:35

    Well, Fags hate you back. You washed up mess!

  • Cristasphoto, 2013-03-19 09:01:21

    Another Dave Chappelle. These clowns come to what was once a safe zone and declare war. Smh No talent has, never beens.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-03-19 13:01:23

    If we back off the emotionally charged hurt of this situation it really can’t be anything more than a very poorly conceived publicity stunt. Everybody knows that S.F. is the epitome of tolerance, inclusion and acceptance of all things gay. This isn’t much different than her going to Houston and saying cowboys love getting fucked and wear tight Wranglers to show off their hot tails to other cowboys...It’s too outrageous to consider doing. That old adage that even bad publicity is better than none has its limits.

  • Daniel Ruben, 2013-03-20 06:40:10

    Once again, the "Gospel Truth" leads another poor soul, who was apparently an intelligent free spirit in the past down a path of total self-destruction. I can hardly think of a better example of Nietzsche’s slave religion theory in action. Resentment is a powerful intoxicant. At some point, for reasons we can only wonder at, Michelle Shocked decided that it’s better to subscribe to self-loathing, hatred and enslavement to the Higher Authorities and now unfortunately has that undeniably Christian impulse to project its resentment onto the world around her. How classically tragic. Once I would have pitied the likes of her, but I can’t be bothered wasting the mental energy.

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