A folk singer’s reported anti-gay comments at a San Francisco concert venue on Sunday night has caused a stir online and prompted at least one other Bay Area venue to cancel an upcoming concert with her.
Michelle Shocked, a Grammy-nominated singer whose career started in the 1980s, reportedly said “God hates fags” and made other anti-gay remarks during a show at Yoshi’s, located in San Francisco’s Fillmore District.
The comments prompted concert organizers to say Shocked will never be invited back to Yoshi’s.
“We at Yoshi’s SF do not and will not ever tolerate the type of bigotry and hatred exhibited last night,” a representative from the venue wrote on Twitter this afternoon. “She will never be back.”
Shocked’s comments also received widespread criticism from social media users.
One Twitter user wrote, “You just committed career suicide. If you believe that nonsense you deserve the ignominy ur gonna get.”
Another wrote that Shocked “ended her career last night. You should probably know who your fans are before you spew hate at them.”
Other concert venues, including HopMonk Tavern in Novato, announced today that they are canceling upcoming shows that were set to feature Shocked in light of her comments.
Shocked has not commented publicly since Sunday’s show. The media contact listed on her website, Cary Baker, said he has not been associated with her for four years.
Baker said he was “shocked” by the comments and is asking the artist to remove his name from her website.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News