Can’t you see you’re not making Christianity any better; you’re just making rock ‘n roll worse – Hank Hill
What. The. Fuuuuuu….? Born-again fundamentalist Christian folk singer Michelle Shocked who managed to really piss off her fans, gay, bi and straight with a confusing, confused, homophobic rant earlier this year is playing a free concert, sponsored by the San Francisco Examiner. On the last day of Pride.
Things started to fall apart for the singer during her second set, which she said was “all about reality.” She immediately began a rant that left the audience stunned. She said she was tired of Christians hiding behind the cross. “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,” she said. Loud gasps were heard from the audience. Many fans walked out. “I believe the Bible is the word of God,” Shocked continued. More audience gasps were heard. More fans exited and some shouted pro-gay sentiments including “Gays deserve to marry,” “That is a rotten and horrible thing to say,” “Jesus loves people,” and “Don’t bash people for who they are.” One woman shouted: “Don’t say that shit in San Francisco.” Shocked replied, “Where do I go to say it?”
Public outrage resulted in her tour being canceled. Shocked later back-pedaled and said she wasn’t homophobic, she was just um, you know joking:
“I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else). I said that some of His followers believe that. [I was] predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted.
Actually when discussing church leaders’ opposition to marriage equality, Shocked said:
from their vantage point–and I really shouldn’t say their, because it’s mine too—
so it’s pretty clear she feels the repeal of Prop 8 is the beginning of the End Times and that ministers would be forced to marry homosexual couples at gun point. And something about Chinese water torture.
Michelle Shocked is being exploited, pure and simple, by Vogt and his paper. He hasn’t announced where the concert will be held (and really, what venue would host that?). Perhaps a protest in front of the Examiner office decrying the exploitation of the mentally ill is in order, since Shocked seems far from stable during and after her rant, delivering a very weird interview with Nicole Sandler, mainly via Twitter (starting at 1:30 on the tape), then appearing in front of a San Jose club where her show was canceled,with tape across her mouth that said “Silenced By Fear.” Her Piers Morgan interview was pretty much nuts, too.
Vogt then tweeted that details about Shocked concert would follow in his three papers. Papers who may find themselves very short on ads, because there’s rumblings of an advertiser boycott.
Vogt responded to Belerico Project‘s post with this: