Singer engages in silent protest outside nightclub in Santa Cruz
Singer Michelle Shocked showed up at the club Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, California, on Thursday (28 March) but instead of performing on stage, she sat outside with tape over her mouth.
Moe’s was one of nearly a dozen USA venues that canceled Shocked’s appearance after she shocked an audience at a club in San Francisco earlier this month by going on an anti-gay marriage rant.
While the LGBT friendly local bands Beaver Fever and Frootie Flavors played inside in her place, Shocked staged a sit-in and wore a piece of tape across her mouth with the words ‘Silenced by Fear’ written in it.
According to Huffington Post, Shocked was largely ignored as she strummed her guitar. She had also posted a sign which read ‘Does speech scare you that much?’
Shocked had initially apologized for her remarks which she said were misinterpreted. But then audio of the 17 March incident at Yoshi’s Jazz Club emerged.
The singer could be heard talking about about pastors being forced at gunpoint to marry gays and that triggering the return of Jesus.
‘I’m pretty sure that that will be the signal for Jesus to come on back,’ she said. ‘You said you wanted reality….If someone would be so gracious as to please tweet out, ‘Michelle Shocked just said from stage, God hates faggots.’ Would you do it now?’