Michelle Shocked is stepping away from her anti-gay statements made on stage in San Francisco on Sunday, claiming she was misunderstood. The Bay Area Reporter reports that after a long set of music, Shocked offended the audience with the following statements…
"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.
Now, after all but one of her upcoming tour venues cancelled her performances, Shocked is back tracking on those words, saying she “wasn’t clear”.
Shocked took to her Twitter account to respond to the backlash with one tweet saying, “Most don’t even know what my views on Gays are. What is reported to be my views on Gays isn’t.” And in response to some sympathetic fans, she responded with, “Am neither against a woman’s right to choose nor gay marriage. Am a fundamentalist tho.”
After her harsh words on stage on Sunday, approximately two thirds of the audience walked out, many shouting pro-gay statements back to Shocked, some returning for same sex kisses in front of the performer.
Shocked issued the following statement to “clear up” what she said…
"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. The show was all music, and the audience tweets said they enjoyed it. The commentary came about ten minutes later, in the encore. 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 homosexuality 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.”
Ironically, Shocked, who’s career peaked in the 1990’s, has had lesbian relationships. She’s recently, however, become a fundamentalist Christian.