Michelle Shocked tour evaporates; nearly all venues cancel post anti-gay rant
Michelle Shocked will have a lot of free time to think about Sunday’s (March 17) anti-gay tirade. All but one show in her US tour have been cancelled.
Billboard reports that 10 dates on her tour of the West Coast and Midwest have been vacated. It does not appear she should be too optimistic about the one hold out – a May 4jaunt at the Harmony Bar in Madison, Wisconsin, either. The person who answered their phone told Billboard "I won't know a damn thing until the boss comes back in eight days.”
The Evanston [Illinois] SPACE, one of the first venues to cancel, posted this statement to Facebook. “Many of you have reached out already following an ugly rant given by Michelle Shocked at her show in San Francisco last night. After speaking with the promoter of that show about the nature of the remarks, it's clear that this is no longer a show we're willing to put our name on. The May 5th performance at SPACE has been cancelled and refunds will be issued at point of purchase.” A similar note was put on Twitter.
Shocked’s assumed surname became the source of many a pun when she told a San Francisco audience “When they stop Prop 8 [the California initiative that banned gay marriage] and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization and Jesus will come back.”
She later told the crowd “You are going to leave here and tell people 'Michelle Shocked said God hates faggots.’”
Amid the fallout, Shocked has been silent.
Shocked’s cancelled dates, as compiled by Billboard are as follows:
March 23, McCabe's - Santa Monica, CA
March 28, Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
March 29, HopMonk - Novato, CA
April 24, the Palms Playhouse - Winter, CA
April 25, the Alberta Rose Theatre - Portland, OR
April 26, Meanders Kitchen – Seattle, WA
April 27, Cozmic - Eugene, OR
May 3, eTown Hall - Boulder, CO
May 5, S.P.A.C.E - Evanston, IL
June 23, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride CO.