Michelle Shocked: I'm Not Anti-Gay
Singer apologizes, says her remarks were misunderstood
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2013 5:13 PM CDT
In this 2011 photo, Michelle Shocked performs at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis.   (AP Photo/Andy Manis, file)

(Newser) – With her career in apparent danger of imploding, folk singer Michelle Shocked issued a statement today insisting that she is not anti-gay and that remarks she made at a show last weekend were utterly misconstrued. "I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else)," she writes in the statement, which Paste Magazine has in full. "I said that some of His followers believe that." At another point: "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. ... 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."

The brouhaha started Sunday in San Francisco, when audience-goers said the born-again Christian declared, "When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back," as recounted by USA Today. "You can go on Twitter and say, 'Michelle Shocked says God hates (anti-gay slur).'" Shocked now says her intent was to explain that the "intolerant" hate gay marriage because they are "genuinely scared" and that the statement about Twitter was a prediction of how her remarks would be misinterpreted. If so, it wasn't clear that night. The venue's owner shut down the show, social media exploded, and most of Shocked's upcoming concerts have been canceled—a development helped along by a Change.org petition. Click for more on the controversy.

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Mar 31, 2013 11:49 PM CDT
Michelle Shocked, I don't know who you are but I do know that if you are a U.S. Citizen you have 1st Amendment rights to Freedom of Speech. If I was in your shoes, I would hire an attorney and go after the people or corporations who cancelled your shows for voicing your opinions. Get a high powered well known prosecutor. We can burn an American Flag and not be arrested. No one would cancel your shows for that. Gays, pedophiles, pedrastics, beastialogers....am so sick of you tearing our country apart...your low self esteem presses you into these "Look at me" "I need anal sex, more anal sex, more fans to blow away the raunchy smell that comes with anal sex....bring more fans....bring me a boy!....Please stop! I hope the Supreme Court puts you back in the closet, locks it up and throws away the key. We need to go back to "Don't ask, don't tell." If you were born like that, it is not your fault and your Creator still loves you. Just stop trying to push it up everyone's sphincter. 1942
Mar 30, 2013 6:19 AM CDT
I guess freedom of speech is no longer valid in this country. George Carlin was right; there are no "rights" in this country just privileges. The only right we have is "right this way" into the Hell created by "Politically Correct" speech
Mar 23, 2013 9:16 PM CDT
Who is Michelle Shocked? Am I supposed to know who she is?