Michelle Shocked’s Chicago Concert Cancelled After Her Anti-Gay Rant

Tue, March 19, 2013 8:06am EDT by 23 Comments
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The controversial singer-songwriter was banned from a concert venue in Evanstan, Ill., where she was scheduled to perform on May 5, after her anti-gay rant at a San Francisco concert on March 17.

Karen Michelle Johnston, better known by her stage name Michelle Shocked, is no longer invited to perform at the SPACE concert venue in Evanstan, Ill., where she was scheduled to have a concert on May 5. SPACE cancelled her show after the 51-year-old reportedly went on an anti-gay rant in San Francisco on St. Patrick’s Day.

“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 venue announced on its website and Facebook page on March 18. They are offering refunds to people who purchased tickets.

On March 17, Michelle — who considers herself a born-again Christian — is believed to have thrown out an anti-gay slur on stage, and reportedly said God “hates” gays.

“You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates (anti-gay slur),’” she reportedly told the crowd at a San Francisco venue called Yoshi’s, according to the Chicago Tribune.

SPACE’s Official Statement Posted To Their Facebook Page:

“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,” the statement, which was posted on March 18, read.

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— Christina Stiehl

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