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

Tue, March 19, 2013 8:06am EDT by 23 Comments
Michelle Shocked Anti-Gay Rant
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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.

What do YOU think of SPACE canceling Michelle Shocked’s concert HollyMoms? Do you think that was the right thing to do? Let us know in the comments below!

– Christina Stiehl

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Clarence

Posted at 10:22 PM on March 19, 2013  

Paring this to it’s fundamental tenets, most of you are saying that private businesses have the right to allow or deny any legal activity on their premises. I agree that they should. Whatever happened to the good old days of “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone” being standard?
So, why are there so many places where smoking is banned in all commercial spaces? How could NYC ban the sale of large soft drinks? Why does the ACLU help sue places like Vermont’s Wildflower Inn for refusing to host a lesbian couple’s “wedding reception” last August, ending that part of their business? Since none of those activities involve illegal substances or activities, the answer is obvious; those businesses and owners are on the wrong side of the “We will not tolerate intolerance” Socialist agenda. If your opinion is different than theirs, you are being hateful and oppressive and need to keep that opinion to yourself. Maybe Michelle should sue Space for oppressing her. Do you think the ACLU would support HER right to be “loud & proud” & straight? Yeah, me neither.

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TexasGuy

Posted at 8:19 PM on March 28, 2013  

Obviously, you are not clear on what the Freedom of Speech is about. It means that the Government will not impede the right to express your opinion. Since these venues are privately owned and operated, they do not have to allow any activity they deem objectionable. Just as you do not have to allow a Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon Missionary to enter your home and preach to you unless you choose to do so.

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Riddick

Posted at 10:11 PM on March 19, 2013  

Obviously, she should have said that in London. They would have known she was talking about cigarettes. ;P

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robert

Posted at 12:45 PM on March 19, 2013  

Interesting…other musicians can come out and say F…the Republicans, Bush, other personal attacks, and they are cheered at the concert and celebrated in the media. As usual- a double standard.

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TexasGuy

Posted at 1:29 PM on March 19, 2013  

You might want to ask the Dixie Chicks about that before you make such blanket statements.

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DJFlirtyG

Posted at 11:31 AM on March 19, 2013  

The Dixie Chicks had the same issue when they were opposing the war onstage. Of course their followers (gun toting Bush lover Texans) responded with death threats. That is something I doubt Michelle Shocked will have to deal with from the gay community. Her career will probably fade out or she could get gigs at a Reverend Randy Phelps “God Hates Fags” rally in Topeka Kansas while she protests funerals.

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morekare

Posted at 10:54 AM on March 19, 2013  

I respect her opinion. Illinois is a HELL-HOLE so no great loss to Michelle if they don’t want her concert in their state.

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Alex

Posted at 10:25 AM on March 19, 2013  

WTH? I always thought SHE was gay!? I’m shocked. No pun intended.

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Ken

Posted at 9:54 PM on March 19, 2013  

@Alex: Me too. Didn’t she perform at some of the early Lilith Faires?

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Calvin & Hobbs

Posted at 9:11 AM on March 19, 2013  

I will express my first amendment right by saying Michelle is a narrow minded piece of crap for using a concert to express her opinion.

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robert

Posted at 12:44 AM on March 20, 2013  

Oh…you’re right- no other musicians use the stage to voice their opinions. The latest was Madonna a few months back. You say she’s a POC because she happened to say something about homosexuals which you and the rest of the Left, believe can’t be criticized. Funny, if you don’t agree, it’s not Free Speech but someone being hateful, bigot, POC….You’re amusing.

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TexasGuy

Posted at 8:52 AM on March 19, 2013  

Michelle is free to spread whatever vitrol and opinions she chooses. Freedom of speech, however, does not guarantee that a privately owned/operated concert hall has to provide the venue for her to do so.

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TexasGuy

Posted at 8:55 AM on March 19, 2013  

Nor does the Freedom to Express you opinion guarantee that there will be no repercussions from the private sector for exercising that right, only that the Government will not impede that right.

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NotAFan

Posted at 11:36 AM on March 19, 2013  

Well said. I think that people get a bit confused about their rights to free speech which only apply against the government and do not guarantee any private repercusions. You CAN say what you want, but you may end up saying it to 3 or 4 people in your living room.

 
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ELVIS PRESLEY

Posted at 8:35 AM on March 19, 2013  

THIS IS AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!! LAND OF THE FREE!!!!!!!!!!!! FREEDOM OF PRESS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS HER OPINION AND SHE IS ENTITLED TO THAT!!!!!!!!!! GAYS AND LESBIANS ARE ENTITLED TO THERE OPINIONS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SHOULD ALSO BE ENTITLED TO THERE OPINION!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT IS FAIR IS FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO ONE IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Posted at 8:36 AM on March 19, 2013  

GOD CREATED ALL OF US EQUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Donald

Posted at 9:58 AM on March 19, 2013  

It’s “their”, not “there.

And you cap lock key seems to be stuck

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gbtw

Posted at 1:52 PM on March 19, 2013  

donald, it’s been stuck for WEEKS now… :(

 
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max

Posted at 10:41 AM on March 19, 2013  

Sure. She’s allowed to say what she wants. A private concert venue is also allowed to cancel her show because it found her comments offensive. Nobody is arresting her for speaking her mind.

Also, try saving some capital letters for the rest of us.

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Chuck Rumblenutz

Posted at 6:25 PM on March 19, 2013  

Please note that the government did not say anything. A privately held venue is canceling her concert.
The Dixie Chicks received death threats for speaking out against Bushco’s war in Iraq. Now, the right wing zealots consider themselves aggrieved when arrested for making threats on Obama and his family.

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lyn

Posted at 8:16 PM on March 19, 2013  

Why are you yelling?

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Martin Snapp

Posted at 8:19 PM on March 19, 2013  

Why are you shouting?

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Xavier

Posted at 11:40 PM on March 27, 2013  

Amazing how some people talk about free speech but side step that a number of politicians or stances slammed are ones that are anti rights usually based on religious dogma/bias mixed with political power and social suppression. If this was a racial slur, would it be as easy to box people’s response. Maybe its easier if its one country’s artist ranting against another country, heck that sometime to rally behind.

 
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