Audio Recording of Controversial Michelle Shocked Performance Released
In the aftermath of Michelle Shocked’s controversial performance on Sunday, there have been concert cancellations, a petition against the folk musician and an official statement from Shocked herself.
And now, the audio from the second set of that concert has been released on Soundcloud.
Shocked’s performance at a San Francisco club on Sunday night is now widely criticized for anti-gay comments she reportedly made during the second set of her concert.
Fans walked out of the performance and within days, a petition was created on Change.org asking other venues to cancel Shocked’s future tour performances. The petition has received 4,325 signatures so far.
Nine venues have cancelled Shocked’s upcoming tour performances so far. But one venue, Wisconsin’s Harmony Bar, according to Pollstar, has said that their scheduled Shocked performance had been cancelled by the artist. So, it’s a total of 10 cancelled concerts for Michelle Shocked.
After the initial fallout, Shocked then issued an emailed statement regarding the events of that night.
It is unclear as to whether the Telluride Bluegrass Festival has cancelled her appearance as well, though her name does not seem to be on the lineup and Billboard reports that they have replaced her with another performer. However Pollstar reports (on the same day) that a Telluride representative told them that the festival hadn’t made a decision on Shocked yet.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Michelle Shocked began her nearly 30-year career as a folk musician with the 1986 release of The Texas Campfire Tapes in Europe and the 1988 release of Short Sharp Shocked. Both won Shocked critical acclaim and fans in the independent and alternative music communities, according to MTV.
You can listen to the audio above, read her official statement to Paste here and decide for yourself.
Thanks to Evan Edwards for the tip.
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