Evanston's SPACE has canceled singer Michelle Shocked's May 5 performance at the club following reports of her anti-gay rant from a San Francisco stage March 16, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In fact, all 11 U.S. stops on Shocked's tour have been cancelled, according to Billboard.com .
Shockedwho came out as bisexual in Outlines newspaper (which purchased and merged with Windy City Times in 2000) two decades agoreportedly told the crowd that "God hates fags" and that she lives in fear of same-sex marriage, according to The New Civil Rights Movement. Many audience members were furious and walked out on her performance.
Shocked later tweeted, "Truth is leading to painful confrontation #shortsharpshocked," according to the Huffington Post. An online petition has been started, urging venues to cancel her upcoming performances.
SPACE general manager/talent buyer Jake Samuels, who had booked Shocked previously, confirmed with the San Francisco promoter that Shocked's comments were "ugly in nature, and not meant to be artistic or satirical in any way. … It wasn't a very hard decision for us."
Shocked later said her comments were misinterpreted, according to CNN.com . "I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else)," she said. "I said that some of His followers believe that." She also apologized to fans, saying, "I'm very sorry: I don't always express myself as clearly as I should," she said. "But don't believe everything you read on Facebook or Twitter. My view of homosexuality has changed not one iota. I judge not."