Singer Michelle Shocked is finding herself quickly losing work after an anti-gay tirade during a gig last weekend in San Francisco.
The Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, Colorado, canceled Shocked's scheduled appearance there - the final date left on her US tour after venues in several other states uninvited her to perform.
On Sunday (17 March), the singer was performing at a jazz club called Yoshi’s when she went into a rant against gay marriage saying: 'I live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry.'
She then said to the crowd: 'You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.’”
The backlash has been immediate and fierce.
The audience at Yoshi's walked out on the singer and in the days that have followed, four venues in California, two in Colorado, and one each in Oregon, Washington, and Illinois all canceled upcoming shows.
A Change.org petition encouraging venues not to employ Shocked had nearly 3,000 signatures as of Tuesday evening PST.
The petition states in part: 'Freedom of speech and artistic expression are critically important, but this isn't free speech. This is hate speech.'
'And in a world where LGBT people are bullied from the pulpit, on the playground, and at the polls, anti-gay hate speech can have serious consequences including legitimizing bullying and hate crimes, and increasing victims' risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide.'
The petition is also seeking to have Shocked's European dates canceled.