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Singer Michelle Shocked Sits in at Canceled Show

Friday Mar 29, 2013

Her show had been cancelled, but that didn't stop alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked from showing up at a Santa Cruz nightclub where she staged a sit-in with tape across her mouth that read "Silenced By Fear."

Moe's Alley was one of several nightclubs that cancelled Shocked's gigs after she made what were considered anti-gay comments during a rambling outburst at a show earlier this month.

On Thursday evening, Moe's Alley owner Bill Welch had replaced her with two local bands that support gay rights, Beaver Fever and Frootie Flavors.

"We will not be bashing Michelle Shocked," he said. "Rather, we will celebrate music, diversity and send some healing Santa Cruz energy her way."

Sitting on the ground outside the venue and strumming her guitar, Shocked was largely ignored and refused to speak. She pointed to a sign inviting people to pick up a Sharpie marker and write on the white disposable safety suit she was wearing.

Earlier this week in an email to The Associated Press and other media, Shocked apologized and said her comments during the San Francisco show were misinterpreted.

"Of course the fault for that is completely my own, and I cannot and do not blame anyone for defending the gay community," she wrote.

On Thursday night, she posted signs that read "Does speech scare you that much?" and on her back she had scrawled "Gimme Wit, Not Spit."

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  • , 2013-03-29 20:37:44

    I think she should come out of the closet. Self loathing lesbian.

  • WayGay, 2013-03-30 05:45:37

    She was silenced by her own mouth. Say what you want honey, that doesn’t mean there aren’t real life consequences for saying them. And your music is terrible.

  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-03-30 10:05:52

    What an embarrassingly pathetic visual. This must be the burn segment of her routine that produced the crash. Bye bye mediocrity, hello obscurity.

  • Jay, 2013-03-30 16:00:48

    Moe’s Alley owner Bill Welch handled the situation with a lot of class by basically kissing her off and not giving her the publicity and notoriety she’s desperately craves.

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