Alternative folk singer Michelle Shocked sat down with CNN’s Piers Morgan last night to explain the anti-gay comments she made at a San Francisco club last month. While admitting she made a mistake, Shocked also blamed the audience for nor being ready to hear “reality,” although it’s still unclear what that mean.
“I admit I made a mistake, Piers,” Shocked told the CNN host. “If I had the chance to do it again, I don’t think I would have taken the audience up on their choice. I had presented an entire performance, and I framed it as ‘truth,’ and then I came out back for an encore, and they requested ‘reality.’ What has consequently taken place ever since then is my manifestation of how little I think of reality.”
As part of a rambling, and confusing interview, that at times struggled to remain coherent, the 51-year-old Dallas-native further attempted to clarify the strange occurrences from the March 17th evening in San Francisco:
“I know that it’s a stalking trade for a lot of the media to present things like that’s how it really is. But I don’t think the audience was ready for the consequences of that, and I surely have not been happy with it.”
During her March 17 concert, Shocked told the audience:
“When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization and Jesus will come back.”
With a broad smile, Shocked said. “You are going to leave here and tell people ‘Michelle Shocked said God hates faggots.’”
Within 48 hours, all eleven venues on Shocked’s U.S. tour were canceled.
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