Posted in music on March 20, 2013

Michelle Shocked

Michelle allegedly said some offensive things on stage in San Francisco over the weekend. That led to a lot of bad press and show cancellations for the singer who now has released a statement which you can read in full below...

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PART ONE:

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 believe intolerance comes from fear, and these folks are genuinely scared. When I said "Twitter that Michelle Shocked says "God hates faggots," I was predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted. The show was all music, and the audience tweets said they enjoyed it. The commentary came about ten minutes later, in the encore.

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 homosexualty 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.

The show, and the rant, was spontaneous. As for those applauding my so-called stance that "God Hates Faggots," I say they should be met with mercy, not hate. And I hope that what remains of my audience will meet that intolerance with understanding, even of those who might hate them.

Folks 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.

With love,

Michelle

PART TWO:
I believe in a God who loves everyone, and my faith tells me to do my best to also love everyone. Everyone: gay or straight, stridently gay, self-righteously faithful; left or right, far left, far right; good, bad, or indifferent. That's the law: everyone.

I may disagree with someone's most fervently held belief, but I will not hate them. And in this controversy, that means speaking for Christians with opinions I in no way share about homosexuality. Will I endorse them? Never. Will I disavow them? Never.

I stand accused of forsaking the LGBT community for a Christianity which is - hear me now - anathema to my understanding of faith. I will no doubt take future flack for saying so. I'm accused of believing that "God hates fags" and that the repeal of Prop 8 will usher in the End Times. Well, if I caused such an absurdity, I am damn sorry. To be clear: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of any so-called faith preaching intolerance of anyone. Again, anyone: straight or gay, believers or not: that's the law.

That means upholding my punk rock values in the most evangelical enclaves and, in this case, speaking up for the most fearful of fundamentalists in, well, a San Francisco music hall full of Michelle Shocked fans.

As an artist in this time of unbearable culture wars, I understand: this means trouble, and this is neither the first nor last time trouble has come my way. And that's fine by me.

I know the fear many in the evangelical community feel about homosexual marriage, as I understand the fear many in the gay community feel toward the self-appointed faithful. I have and will continue speaking to both. Everything else - facebook, twitter, whatever - is commentary.

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Comments (88)

Michelle Shocked apparently hated having a career.


kaboom.


goodbye.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:01 PM

This dyke has fat tits lol

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:03 PM

cold in that photo.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:05 PM

Right .. N Fine I guess People Play silly Little games Every time Some video comes out on a hot button topic.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:08 PM

Well that certainly clears it up Michelle. What a rebel (and punk rocker) you are...and so brave. I totally forgot about you and your music. One thing is now clear: I prefer it that way.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:09 PM

turkey's done

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:10 PM

her pussy smells like patchouli

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:11 PM

When will people stop caring about what an imaginary man in the sky supposedly thinks about anything?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:12 PM

bye bye you total idiot. what, you thought those hate filled statements wouldn't resurrect your horrible, mislead career in the worst way possible? which is to make every motherfucking person hate you even more than they hated your god awful cheesy music to begin with? you, dear are very, very, very, very dumb. good fucking night.

Posted by jew. | March 20, 2013 4:13 PM

"Folks wonder about my sexuality, but denying being gay is like saying I never beat my husband." - my brain hurts. Someone please interpret this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:14 PM

I couldn't get through either statement without nodding off. Can anyone translate? Is she backpedaling or were her earlier statements completely misconstrued?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:16 PM

As the person who claimed this was a cynical attempt to market herself to christians... OK, I was wrong she's an EDP. I'm still avoiding her. She's outright contradicting the owners of the venue she played at and everyone that has spoken/written about it that was in the audience. She's an incoherent mess. Sorta sad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:18 PM

The more I read the BV comments the more I believe Michelle

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:18 PM

That's not Michelle Obama!! Lies!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:19 PM

Where's YouTube when you need it?

Posted by BF | March 20, 2013 4:20 PM

412

you mean possible diety in the sky.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:23 PM

Michelle Shocked by her lack of balls.
Nobody was talking about her last week, noone will next week.
Next.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:23 PM

LOL @ all the self righteous pomposity on here. So many angry bitter people. I'm silently dismissing you right now :-)

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:27 PM

is 'EDP' the new gay catchphrase to call anyone who doesn't 100% agree with their agenda?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:28 PM

yeah and the Nazi guy at the Dropkick Murphys show wasn't a Nazi - he was just expressing what some people believe.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:29 PM

first kramer, now this?! why cant my 90's idols just be!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:35 PM

If you were to aggregate the comments on BV and intuit what "some people believe" by them, any thinking person would conclude that Brooklyn is full of violent psychopathic narcissists that also happen to be Radiohead fans.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:37 PM

Doesn't this kind of change what people are claiming she said? She sounds reasonable here. Maybe she's of the "love the sinner, hate the sin" mentality that still insists that homosexuality's a sin, which sucks, but at the same time it also sounds like she was misquoted the other night.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:40 PM

^wait so the gay media gestapo pulled a quote out of context to use as fodder for their political agenda? What? That's not the liberal media I know. I refuse to believe it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:43 PM

Sure sounds like you are back pedaling Michelle. Was everyone in the audience so stupid as to not understand what you were actually saying or are you just freaked because you are unemployed by your stupidity. I have seen you perform and you are brilliant but I have also been present for your bullshit antics like a show once in KC, MO where you kept the audience waiting for over two hours over some trivial sound issue because YOU missed sound check. I am done with you bitch! And all of your cd's that I have-in the trash!
Gary Banta

Posted by Gary Banta | March 20, 2013 4:48 PM

who gives a shit? where's Martika?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:48 PM

LOL @ "Gary Banta" or whatever your real name is. Sooooo mad! Sooooo mad!

Oooooooooo! Soooooooo mad!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:52 PM

^dude is throwing away his CDs!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:54 PM

Hey Gary Banta, you wouldn't be the Gary Banta from Gary Banta Hairstylist in Glens Falls, would you?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 4:55 PM

423 - I'd go as far to say "possible but no evidence for, and as likely as unicorns and the tooth fairy."

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 5:00 PM

4:48 ---- hysterical!

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 5:02 PM

Hey Gary. FYI, the rest of the world threw away their CDs a few years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 5:08 PM

I love it when the atheists start having conversations with themselves in BV comments. The irony is unintentionally ROTF hilarious.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 5:11 PM

Gary Banta, are you friends with Michael Sosa?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 5:16 PM

Just found some wicked Michelle Shocked cd's in the garbage, now I got some tunes for the morning commute :)

Posted by Banta Gary | March 20, 2013 5:57 PM

Ah, yes punk (invoked for some street cred, I guess?), just as dogmatic and purity obsessed as the Tea Party fundamentalists she claims to speak for.

Posted by Girl using brain | March 20, 2013 6:20 PM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 7:03 PM

Do they have a recording of what she said?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 8:40 PM

I don't see why you young bloods are so sensitive. Frank Sinatra said shit like this everyday.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 9:28 PM

Really bad bad comedic timing? It wasn't funny, and this is a good case for integrity in speech. It's true the culture wars are fierce, especially on human rights/equality. It seems though she says she "isn't that cynical", she responded in just that way which escalated the confusion. It's hard to stop a fast moving train in the court of public opinion.

Posted by blackbird | March 20, 2013 9:29 PM

Id hit that.

Posted by JM | March 20, 2013 9:43 PM

It kind of sounds like crazy talk. But people of faith are crazy. And Frank Sinatra said stuff like this to crowds that liked to hear stuff like that. But folk music is about freedom not suppression.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 10:11 PM

Unemployed by Ignorance.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 10:14 PM

^Is this campaign by the thought police going to work as well as the Chick-fil-A boycott?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 10:31 PM

Who do the thought police go after?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 10:46 PM

such nonsense. there's a soundcloud of the part of her set where she says all this stuff, and there's no way she can explain it a way. she sounds like an extreme-right gay-hater who is using christianity as her wannabe WMD, and that's because it's exactly what she is. fuck you MS. there's no hell, but if there were you'd be burning.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 10:51 PM

But what are her views on blacks?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 10:53 PM

I don't think this bit will make it on her live album.

M.S. - But it's my best known live stuff.

Record label guy - Yeah, Michelle, you're crazy.

Her manager - Yeah, crazy talented.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 11:10 PM

10:11 is a person of rules. Rules are what Jesus came to eradicate. But, you know more than Jesus so you have your rules. I'll take freedom. You are not free by any measure of the concept, but you are too stupid to know it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 11:28 PM

How do you know what Jesus knows?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 11:37 PM

^ what are you talking about? please explain

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 11:45 PM

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 11:51 PM

"Rules are what Jesus came to eradicate", 11:28

How would someone know that?

Posted by Anonymous | March 20, 2013 11:54 PM

I'm pretty sure that both Jesus and Sinatra would support Michelle Shocked on this.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 12:05 AM

Wrong, like Jesus & Sinatra her career is dead. Unless she starts performing is those toothless Wall wart churches in Mississippi. Tell us about dat der speech you maed if San Feisco little gurl. They dont dem lik the good word. Can I pay ya in corn gurl?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 2:01 AM

her inability to craft a coherent sentence might explain why "Anchorage" didn't exactly go on to golden-oldies status

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 4:46 AM

I told her not to put her finger in the outlet.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 5:49 AM

Early dementia.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 7:51 AM

NO, 4:23 - human-created nonsense in the sky.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 8:07 AM

5:11 - the only intelligent and honest ones here are atheists.

and 11:28 - what does the migration of some guy named jesus from mexico have to do with ANYTHING?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 8:12 AM

Casper hates a bundle of sticks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 9:01 AM

She's just setting herself up for a really good job. I'm just not sure if it's as a Senior Anal-yst for Faux News, or assistant pastor at the Westboro Baptist Church. Either way, her resume just got a shot of adrenaline.

Posted by Grax | March 21, 2013 9:12 AM

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/michelle-shocked-mn0000473410

"When she returned home, her mother had her committed to a psychiatric hospital. She was released when her insurance ran out."

Sounds about right.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 9:49 AM

807

I stand corrected and couldn't agree w you more.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 10:01 AM

Man, the gay's want blood. When did they become such an angry, unpleasant, sect of society?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 10:03 AM

First I was for it, now I'm against it, now I for it now I'll say whatever is pc to get my ass out of trouble.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 10:10 AM

I have no idea who this person is.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 10:47 AM

An honest set of breasts, righteous nipples of truth, I shall give her the benefit of the doubt.

We're all homos...homo sapiens.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 11:33 AM

has anybody answered the question about where Martika is?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 1:42 PM

i looked for her and was shocked and saddened by what i found: martikamartika.com

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 2:12 PM

The hate and ignorance by commentors on this thread is astounding. You want to be free to speak anonymously and don't see the irony in your piling on this gal for doing it in public. You are all pussies.

Posted by Tom Brinkman | March 21, 2013 2:21 PM

Thomas E. Brinkman, Jr. (born December 6, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Republican (GOP) former member of the Ohio House of Representatives from Cincinnati. He is known for his opposition to higher taxes and public spending, and has been nicknamed "Dr. No."[1] Before his election to the Ohio General Assembly, he was active in Cincinnati politics; and he has been popular among rank-and-file conservatives for his strong pro-life and anti-taxation stances.
Brinkman was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress to replace Rob Portman in the Second District of Ohio in the special primary held June 14, 2005, but finished third with one-fifth the vote, losing to Jean Schmidt who ultimately won the seat. Brinkman considered again challenging Schmidt in the Republican primary in May 2006, but instead successfully sought re-election to a fourth term in the Ohio House. In December 2007, Brinkman announced plans to run against Schmidt in the March 2008 Republican primary. Schmidt won that primary, garnering 41,987 (57.51 percent) votes to Brinkman's 28,897 (39.58 percent). A third candidate, Nathan W. Bailey, received 2,126 votes (2.91 percent).

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 2:57 PM

^ Ha ha haha ha ha I made that name up, asswipe. What's your name, sailor? Or should I just assume it's you Gary Banta?

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 3:00 PM

holy shit gays are just insufferable these days. for 10% of the population they sure know how to throw a good tantrum. like little whiney bitches, which I suppose is not so far off amirite

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 3:04 PM

^ calm down, dude. that was a joke, too.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 3:04 PM

^ who are you talking to? I think you are confused, on top of being mad. Maybe you need a deep breath

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 3:09 PM

3:04 was for 2:57

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 3:12 PM

let me clarify - 'tom brinkman' writes a comment. when you google him you get that bio. everyone take a deep breath.

Posted by michelle shocked. | March 21, 2013 3:13 PM

The creepy thing is that you Goggled "Tom Brinkman" to begin with. It's really kind of scary that you don't see that.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 3:26 PM

should be "Googled". clearly.

Posted by I am 3:26 | March 21, 2013 3:27 PM

3:26, like I was trying to say before, calm down. It's not creepy to make a joke on a (fake) posted name. Chill.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 4:20 PM

4:20 you've lost the argument. you are so angry! grrrrrrrr! really, take a breath, sit quietly for a while, and it will pass. grrrrrrrr! sorry, i had to do that. you can relax now. remember, think positive thoughts. (grrrr)

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 5:33 PM

oy. ok, mr. projector. you win. good lord.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 6:11 PM

Gays policing what is said on comedy and music stages is going to blow up in their faces. Even those sympathetic to there various causes are getting turned off. Fall back gays, for your own good.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 6:34 PM

White people are going down hill.

Posted by Anonymous | March 21, 2013 6:39 PM

The real nature of angry jealous gay people who hate God is plastered all over this wall. The next time you hear gay agenda, know that it is real.

Posted by oliver | March 29, 2013 2:20 PM

Michelle explained all above, and I appreciate her doing that. Putting all things aside, she is truly a great musical artist.

Time to spread a little love for all and love one another..We are all human beings no matter of our Race, Sexual preferences, etc.

With that said, thanks for the explanation Michelle..Give Peace a Chance.

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2013 8:59 AM

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